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Hello everyone.   It has been a while since my last post.   I will not give you a recipe for this post,  since it was a complimentary dish from a dearest person. All I can say is that it was delicious!    

Vasilopita for the 1st Day of 2013

Happy New Year 2013!!!
On the 1st day of each year, in Cyprus and Greece, we bake Vasilopita.  The name "βασιλόπιτα" comes from βασιλεύς 'king' + πίτα 'pie', but was reinterpreted as Saint Basil's (Βασίλειος) cake.

There are a million recipes for this type of cake, and we all believe that our recipe is the best :-)

My mum usually bakes an orange cake, with almonds.  I use orange puree, masticha powder and zizimbri (ginger), and instead of butter I use extra virgin olive oil.  


  1. Happy New Year Efti to you and your family. You know the recipe I make as it's in my cookbook but this year had a lot of mandarins so I made it with mandarins. I didn't know that ginger is called zizimbri but your Vassilopita sounds like a great flavoured one.

  2. Happy New Year to you too my dearest Ivy!

  3. Happy New Year dear Efty!
    I've never heard of this name - Vasilopita.
    What kind of cake is it?

  4. Happy New Year Eft. I love the flavours of masticha and orange so I am sure your vasilopita is fantastic. I love the fact that u use only olive oil instead of butter ! Katerina T

  5. Happy New Year . This cake definitely sounds interesting.....never heard of it

  6. Lots of versions of a recipe usually means that at least one is really good! This sounds delicious. Happy New Year to You and Yours!

  7. happy new year hun! your cake looks very cool...i hadn't even heard about this cake ever before!

  8. Love learning about new cultures and traditions - Thx for sharing & happy new year!


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