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Greek Vasilopita

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Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (105 To 115 Degree F)
  Warm milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (105 To 115 Degree F)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Unsalted butter 4 Tablespoon, melted
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Grated lemon peel 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Grated nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Whole almond 1
  Unsalted butter 1 Teaspoon, softened
  Sesame seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Egg 1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  Water 1 Tablespoon
Directions

1 Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
2 Combine warm milk, sugar, salt, butter, eggs, lemon peel, and spices in a large mixing bowl.
3 Add 1 1/2 cups flour and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
4 Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
5 Place the dough in lightly greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 1/2 hours.
6 Punch down dough. You can knead a whole almond into the dough at this point if you wish. (A coin might crack a tooth!) Set aside 10 minutes to rest.
7 Brush 1 1/2-quart souffle dish or 10-inch cake pan with soft butter. Sprinkle sesame seeds in dish or pan.
8 Make dough into a ball and place in bowl; press down so dough covers the bottom.
9 Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour. Make glaze and brush on loaf. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds.
10 Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 45 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Summary

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

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