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Vasilopita

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Ingredients
  Flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Lemon peel 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Aniseeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 4 Tablespoon
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
  Glaze 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg yolk 1 (Beaten With 1 Tablespoon Water)
Directions

1 Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, lemon peel, and aniseeds. Heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt to hot (120°-130°F).
2 Add milk mixture to dry ingredients; add egg. Mix thoroughly.
3 Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
4 Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 1/2 hours.
5 Punch down dough. Flatten half of the dough in greased 8-inch round cake pan. Shape other half into 2 ropes each 18 inches long. Fold ropes in half and twist. Join ends and seal to make 7-inch circle. Then place on top of flat circle of dough.
6 Make glaze and brush on loaf. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
7 Let rise in warm place until double€”about 30 minutes.
8 Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 30€”40 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Greek
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Party

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