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Greek vasilopita, the new year pie.

By historyofgreekfood, member

January 2nd, 2011

Throughout Greece, breads and pies with a coin inside, have been established as a custom on the first day of the year since 9th century. They are generally made in a round shape and can be a common bread, leavened or unleavened, or a sweet bread, a sweet or savory pie (pumpkin pie, milk pie, cheese pie, bulgur pie, rice pie, meat pie, fish pie etc.) or something  different. Until 19th century, in Arcadia (Peloponnesos) the coin was put into the vasilokota, a stuffed hen (vasilokota = hen for the king). While not technically bread or pie, mention should be made of New Year loukoumades (Aegean islands) and halva (regions of Asian Minor) which also contained a coin. In nowadays the sweet pie, which once was mainly made in urban areas, predominates transformed into a big luxurius cake.

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Comments (2)

historyofgreekfood writes: You are so right! I've updated the post accordingly. Posted: 6:22 pm on January 2nd

spirto writes: why not have a link directly to the recipe?
very nice historic description Posted: 9:00 am on January 2nd

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