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Lemony Greek New Year's Cake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Deanne

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. olive oil
zest from 2 lemons
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 oz. Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. cognac (brandy)
4 eggs yolks, whites separated
juice from 1 lemon
2 1/2 oz. almond powder or ground almond (optional)
powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
Directions:
In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, zest and sugar. Once combined, add the yogurt; mix well. Then add the vanilla and cognac; mix well. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolks with the lemon juice and add the olive oil mixture. Blend in the almond powder if desired: mix well. Add the flour mixture to the olive oil mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until flour has blended in; do not overmix. Beat the egg whites until you get soft peaks. Fold in the batter. Line the base of an 8-inch pan or springform pan with wax paper. Grease the whole pan and sprinkle with flour. Pour the batter in the pan, it will be thick. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 40 to 50 minutes. The top of the cake will brown, so don't worry. Check with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven. When cool, remove from pan. Once completely cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This Greek cake is traditionally made for New Year's Day. It is called Vasilopita and made with olive oil. Yet when you taste this delicious lemony cake, you would never know!

 

 

 

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