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Prepare time: 30 min
Bake time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hr 45 min
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

This is the perfect recipe for a delicious, buttery and surprisingly soft cake for New Year’s Day, with all the flavors of tsoureki bread. It’s easy to make and everyone in your family will be pleased and happy; especially the one who will find the lucky coin…

I wish you the best from the bottom of my heart. Happy New Year!

Ingredients

  • 325 g butter, room temperature
  • 250 g granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 70 ml fresh orange juice
  • 30 ml brandy
  • zest of an orange
  • 2 tsp ground mahleb
  • ½ tsp ground mastic of Chios
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 450 g all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
  • 80 g finely chopped almonds, blanched & toasted
  • a coin & a piece of aluminum foil

Instructions

1
In the bowl of your mixer beat butter & sugar on medium speed for 8 to 10 min.

2
Add the eggs and beat until fully incorporated.

3
Mix in vanilla, brandy, orange zest, mahleb and mastic. Continue with the orange juice.

4
Scrape the sides of your bowl. Sift flour & baking powder into the bowl. Mix on low speed for 3 min.

5
Stop the mixer and finish mixing with a spatula. The batter should be thicker than a normal cake’s.

6
Line a round baking pan (32cm / 12.6” in diameter) with parchment paper. Transfer the batter into the baking pan.

7
Dip a spatula into water to spread and smooth the batter easily.

8
Wrap the coin with aluminum foil and press it into the batter.

9
Sprinkle the almonds evenly over the surface and press them gently to stick.

10
Bake in a preheated oven, at 170⁰C / 325⁰F for 45 min or until a skewer comes out clean.

11
Place on a wire rack to cool down. Enjoy!

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