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    About this recipe: Vasilopita is a sweet Greek bread that's served at the beginning of each new year. It is traditional to bake a coin into the bread in honour of Saint Basil. The person who receives the coin is considered to be especially blessed for the year.

    Serves: 8 

    • 120ml warm milk
    • 7g dried active yeast
    • 70g strong white bread flour
    • 820g strong white bread flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 170g butter, melted
    • 3 eggs, room temperature
    • 475ml warm milk
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 50g chopped almonds

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:2hr15min proofing  ›  Ready in:3hr15min 

    1. In a small bowl, stir together 120ml milk, yeast and 70g bread flour. Cover and let the mixture rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
    2. Place 820g bread flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 170g melted butter, 3 eggs and 475ml milk. Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.
    3. Transfer the dough into a greased springform tin. Brush dough with melted butter, cover with greased clingfilm and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 60 to 90 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash.
    5. When dough has risen, insert a clean silver coin into the loaf. Brush dough with egg wash and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Bake in preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 40 minutes.

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