Does anyone have a whole-wheat recipe for Vasilopita (Greek new year's bread/cake)? - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 2 Old 12-29-2008, 02:19 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm planning to make Vasilopita for our family get-together on New Year's. I'm Greek, and my family always has Vasilopita on New Year's Day. DH's family is not Greek, and they're the ones coming over, so I want to share this tradition with them! The only recipe that I have uses white flour, and I'd like to avoid that. It is more like a cake, so if anything, I'll just replace the flour w/ww pastry flour.

If you're curious- In the Fourth Century, Saint Basil wanted to distribute money to the poor, but he didn't want to be demeaning, so he decided to bake gold coins into cakes, and distribute the cakes. Greeks today still bake the cakes (no one that I know uses gold coins, lol), and eat them on New Year's. I just recently learned of the original purpose of Vasilopita, and now the wheels in my head are turning. I'm thinking of baking extras and handing them out to some of the homeless in our community...

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My DH is Greek and I am not how ever I can't wait to see if any post the recipe. Something I want to do is make shure that my kids know there greek history if at all possible as I do not know anything of my background. My DH Mom, Grand parents, and GGParents are gone but I do know that some family still lives in Greece and that his GP visited just before they had passed. Other than that We don't know much but I am out there looking for recipies and other traditions that I can teach my kids.

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