Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The traditional Cypriot Cake Vasilopita

For the first day of the Year we have an amazing tradition!

Vasilopita is our special cake for the New Year, to start things off right! The custom is to hide a golden  coin(usually is a 1 euro coin or a fake golden lira) in the bottom of the cake. The family and friends are gathered traditionally for lunch on the first day of the year. When they finish eating they cut the cake into slices naming each slice as they cut it, after everyone that are in the table. Whoever finds the coin in his slice is going to be blessed and lucky for the next year and also he gets a gift.
 We give you the recipe with a lot of love and wishes for 2016!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour
6 eggs
1 cup orange juice2 teaspoons baking powder3 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon of the aromatic spice Machleb (mahalepi).
A pinch of salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup warm milk 2 cups of icing sugar to sieve on top

1. Whisk the butter, sugar and salt together, until pale and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one by one and then add the grated zest, vanilla, orange juice, machalepi and warm milk. Once all is mixed thoroughly we add the flour and baking powder.
2. Whisk the egg whites to a thick meringue. Fold it gently to the mixture, a little at a time, alternately with the flour, with the help of a spatula. Then add the almonds and combine everything gently.
3. Lightly oil a baking pan and empty the mixture in. Add the traditional coin (a quarter, silver or gold for a year filled of good luck to whoever finds) and, if you wish, sprinkle with flaked almonds. Bake at 350ÂșC, in a preheated oven, for approximately 40 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes, then, remove the cake from the tin and place it on a rack to cool. You may sieve some icing sugar on top.



Friday, 28 August 2015

Recipe for Ancient Greek Pasteli....

" Ever wondered what sorts of foods the ancient Greeks ate? Here is a recipe for a healthful chewy snack that has satisfied and pleased children and adults alike for millennia."

The traditional Pasteli is one of the favorites treat for children and is one of the oldest and traditional recipes. It is also a very nutritious and fast-friendly or vegan snack


  • ·1kg butter
  • · 400gr milk
  • · 240 glucose
  • ·1,2kg powdered sugar
  • ·1.5 sesame seeds


In a saucepan, add the butter, milk, glucose, and powdered sugar  until the ingredients are boiled together.

Add sesame seeds stirring continuously and continue to cook while stirring to mix completely and thoroughly. 

When the seeds are fully mixed in and the mixture has boiled again, remove from heat.

Spread the mixture on a baking parchment thinly and evenly, on the paper (about 1/4 inch high).  Baked in the oven at 170   degrees Celsius   for approximately   30   minutes.  

When the pasteli cools to room temperature, refrigerate, as is, on the parchment paper (it doesn't need to be covered). Chill for at least 2-3 hours.