Peter Minaki is one of Canada’s most popular food bloggers, supper club hosts and cookbook authors.
As a chef, he hosts hundreds of people annually at his Kalofagas Supper Clubs that he hosts throughout Canada.
He shares great recipes and tips on his popular blog Kalofagas and has also published a series of popular Greek and Mediterranean cookbooks including The Big Book Of Mediterranean Recipes: More Than 500 Recipes for Healthy and Flavorful Meals and The Everything Easy Mediterranean Cookbook.
Peter was kind enough to share his Vasilopita recipe with readers of The Pappas Post. Be sure to follow his Facebook page for regular updates on his supper clubs, classes and other food-related events and projects. (Photo credit: Christian Gooden)
Peter Minaki’s Vasilopita
1 cup (250gr) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
pinch of salt
6 large eggs (whites & yolks separated)
1 shot of orange liqueur
1 Tbsp. of baking powder
zest of 1 orange
10 inch round spring form pan
Pre-heated 350F oven
1. Whip your egg whites into a meringue and reserve. In a large bowl, use a mixer to blend the butter, sugar and add yolks, one at a time.
2. Add the liqueur and the zest then add the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly fold the meringue into the batter.
3. Place a foil-wrapped coin randomly into the cake mix.
4. Bake on the middle rack for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for an hour.
5. Make a paper stencil of the new year you’re celebrating, place it on the cake and dust the top of the cake with icing sugar. Remove stencil and reserve to cut at New Year’s.
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