Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Vegan Vasilopita & Drinko! (happy new year)

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After






This shot is made all the more dramatic knowing that the after was only moments later than the before shot. We (I) simply could not control our(my)selves in the presence of such good vegan chocolate creamy concoctions. Except for the orange fruit piece, as you may see. Thank you to Rob's sister Jamie.

On New Years Eve I decided to go with some Greek tradition and make a
Vasilopita. Of course it called for six eggs so I had to fix that. It turned out moist and bouncy, but unfortunatley I was in a hurry (to eat it) and didn't take any pictures. Here is some history and the recipe:

"The Vasilopita is a Greek New Year's Bread. It is made in honor of a beautiful act of charity by St. Basil to the poor and needy of his flock. In order to insure that the needy would have money for life's necessities, and knowing that the needy were also proud people, St. Basil had the ladies of his church bake sweet bread with coins baked into them. In this way he could give them money without demeaning them at all. It is therefore traditional to bake a coin into the Vasilopita (St. Basil's Bread). The one who receives the coin is considered to be especially blessed for the year."

“The cake is distributed in accordance to a strict order. First piece is for St Basil, the second for the house, the next for the most senior member of the household down to the youngest member and also including absent members. There may also be a piece of cake for the cattle and a large piece for the poor.”

The vegan in me just loves how the cow is included. We don't have cattle but gave some to our dog, Syba.

Vegan Vlachos Vasilopita

Main stuff:

1 cup earth balance
2 cups white sugar
3 cups all purpose white flour
1 cup warm soymilk
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup blanched slivered almonds
2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Fluffy stuff:

Fluffy stuff deux:

3 teaspoons baking powder

½ cup silk soy vanilla yogurt

1.5 teaspoons baking soda

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons flour

¼ cup coconut milk

½ cup + 4 Tablespoons water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10 inch round cake pan.
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Mixing:
In a large bowl, cream the earth balance & sugar with a beater. Stir in the flour and mix until the mixture is mealy. In a separate bowl, whisk the fluffy stuff with a fork until fluffy. Slowly mix into the earth balance mix, then add the fluffy stuff deux to the mix too. Mix in the warm soy milk and lemon juice.

Baking:
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle the nuts and sugar over the cake. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes. Remove, and gently cut a small hole in the cake and place a coin in the hole. Cover with sugar. Cool on the rack for 10 minutes before putting onto a plate.

Note: When I made it, it was too much batter for my 6” cake pan so I made cupcakes too.

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the finished cake, due in part to the following game:

Speaking of which, I think we at the BB household had one of the best top 5est New Years ever... one of our favorite people came to visit, and many of our good friends came to hang out, play cards, destroy drinko, and then some stayed later & performed some beyond great music. Thanks to Sequoya, Joy in Red, and Historic Proportion for playing your fine fine songs taking us through the new year.

PS - does anyone know about the tradition of shooting ones' gun off for the new year? Please advise.

PPS - don't worry, we're not armed, just dangerous.

PPPS - I mean "shooting ones' gun off" literally, a real metal gun, not as a metaphor for what you're maybe thinking.

10 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the recipe! I will happily forward it on to my vegan daughter. I always make a Vasilopita and she has been lamenting, for the last three new years, that it's so full of eggs and milk. Coconut milk! Oh, that would be good.

By the way, you were the first Greek person I heard of being a vegan. Then I found out that a fellow choir member here at Holy Trinity in Portland, OR is a vegan (and Greek). My husband is the priest here, but we're not Greek.

Sequoya said...

Let me tell you that cake was awesome, moist and light. Someone asked me where they could get a Vegan Wedding cake and I think they should use this recipe.
As far as shooting goes, I usually just watch...it's such a strange world. We had a great time, one of our top New Years ever. We didn't even need icing on the cake. :-)

Binge Cafe said...

Hi elizabeth! Thanks for writing. Yes the Greek vegans are spreading like wildfire! No, not really. I don't think I know of any others, either. Good luck with the cake...let me know how it turns out, that's so cool that you're making that for your daughter...I'm sure she'll appreciate that. Well, I don't know her, so I can't be sure, but I would if my ma made it for me (ma, are you reading this?)

Hello Sequoya...the gunfire tradition is still a mystery but it certainly helped make things memorable. Let's make a vegan vasilopita wedding cake...or better yet, instead of a coin let's put a bullet right in that thing.

sangeetagod said...

That looks awsome!
So is your video! I thorougly enjoyed it.
Looks like you had a fun new year party.
Happy New Year!

sangeetagod said...

Hope to see you soon.
What is seven star free movies?

Binge Cafe said...

Hi Sangeeta...
I was referring to your rating of that one movie we all saw, the one Dilip gave 10 stars!! I can't recall the name of it.

--eleni

Laki said...

I'm definitely making this one next year! We just bought a cake this time, and Vasili actually got the piece with the coin! It was totally random too!

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kat said...

Thank you for your recipe and Happy New Year! Being a Greek Orthodox Christian I guess that makes me a vegan over half the year, keeping the fasts of Wed, Fri, 40 days before Pasca, 40 days before Christmas etc... Unfortunately New Years fell on a Friday but I'm so glad to find your recipe so we can still enjoy it.