Vasilopita Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1/2 cup warm milk
<br>- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
<br>- 1/2 cup bread flour
<br>- 6 cups bread flour
<br>- 1/2 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1/2 cup white sugar
<br>- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
<br>- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
<br>- 3/4 cup butter, melted
<br>- 3 eggs, room temperature
<br>- 2 cups warm milk
<br>- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
<br>- 1 egg, beaten
<br>- 1 tablespoon water
<br>- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup milk, yeast and 1/2 cup flour. Cover and let the sponge rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
<br>step 2: Place 6 cups flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the sponge, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 3/4 cup melted butter, 3 eggs and 2 cups milk. Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.
<br>step 3: Transfer the dough into a greased springform pan. Brush dough with melted butter, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 60 to 90 minutes.
<br>step 4: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash.
<br>step 5: When dough has risen, insert a clean silver coin into the loaf. Brush dough egg wash and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Bake in preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 40 minutes.
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Ingredients
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup bread flour
- 6 cups bread flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups warm milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds

Directions
step 1: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup milk, yeast and 1/2 cup flour. Cover and let the sponge rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
step 2: Place 6 cups flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the sponge, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 3/4 cup melted butter, 3 eggs and 2 cups milk. Mix thoroughly to make a stiff dough.
step 3: Transfer the dough into a greased springform pan. Brush dough with melted butter, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 60 to 90 minutes.
step 4: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash.
step 5: When dough has risen, insert a clean silver coin into the loaf. Brush dough egg wash and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Bake in preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 40 minutes.

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