Vassilopita with Chios mastic, orange blossom water and pistachios
Every New Year's Eve we prepare the cake ("Vassilopita", St. Basil's New Year's cake) , decorate it with the number of the New Year and we hide a coin (gold, silver or brass) inside , which is believed to bring good luck to whoever wins .
The unique flavor of Mastic will give a special aroma in your "Vassilopita" that will be memorable to the family and your guests !
3/4 cup olive oil
1½ cups sugar
3 1/2 cups (400gr.) self - rising flour
1 cup warm fresh milk
3 tablespoons orange blossom water
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon crushed mastic
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 lemon ( zest )
1 cup pistachios ground
Beat the oil with sugar . Pour the egg yolks one at a time , and continue beating . Add the lemon zest , mastic , orange blossom water , lemon juice , milk and flour sifted with baking powder . Finally add the pistachios and egg whites , after we beat them on meringue . Gently incorporate the meringue in the dough and mix with a spoon until the mixture becomes homogenous .
Grease and lay parchment paper on a baking tray 30 cm . Pour the mixture into the baking tray .
Bake for 45-50 at 180 °C/350F, up to inflate the cake and turns lightly brown evenly. Let it cool for a while, sprinkle some sugar powder on the top and garnish with pomegranate seeds.
Mastic when not used sparingly bitter . So, do not put more than 3/4 teaspoon !
If you use mastic crystals, crush them very well in a mortar until they become a fine powder. The mastic should be frozen . Add always a little sugar in the mortar.