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Vasilopita | Greek Style Panettone

Βασιλοπιτα Τσουρεκι - Greek Vasilopita Tsoureki
Vasilopita | Greek Style Panettone

Vasilopita | Greek Style Panettone

Recipe by George Zolis
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Welcome a prosperous New Year with our traditional Vasilopita Tsoureki recipe. This Greek festive favorite is not just a cake but a symbol of good fortune. Our recipe takes you through each step, from crafting the perfect dough with aromatic spices to the rich, chocolatey topping. It’s a blend of sweet flavors and warm, festive joy. Perfect for sharing with loved ones, this Tsoureki will be the centerpiece of your New Year’s celebration, promising a year filled with sweetness and delight.

Course: DessertCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Vasilopita Tsoureki
  • 700 g Hard Flour

  • 150 g Milk

  • 50 g Fresh Yeast

  • 180 g Sugar

  • 3 Eggs

  • 1 Egg Yolk

  • 150 g Butter

  • Zest of one Orange

  • 50 g Orange Juice

  • 1 pinch Salt

  • 2 Vanillins

  • 15 g Mahleb

  • 3 g Mastic Powder

  • For the Coating
  • 300 g Milk Chocolate Couverture

  • 20 g Sunflower Oil

Recipe directions

  • For the Vasilopita Tsoureki
  • In the bowl of a mixer, add the milk (lukewarm), one tablespoon of the sugar, the yeast, and stir. Add the flour on top without stirring and set aside while preparing the other ingredients.
  • In a bowl, add 3 whole eggs and one egg yolk. Keep the one egg white aside for later use for glazing.
  • Add the orange zest, orange juice, the remaining sugar, a pinch of salt, and mix. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, add the melted butter, mahleb, mastic, and mix.
  • Add the mixtures from both bowls and the vanillins to the mixer bowl. Beat in the mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Grease a large bowl with a little vegetable oil and transfer the dough into the bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside to let the dough rise for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Knead the dough slightly to deflate it. Line a 30 cm diameter round baking dish with parchment paper and lightly oil it. Transfer the dough to the baking dish and press to spread it.
  • Brush the dough with melted butter. Cover the baking dish with a towel and set aside for about 30 minutes.
  • In a bowl, add the reserved egg white with a tablespoon of milk. Brush the dough with the mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius (320 F) on convection and bake for 45 minutes. Let the Vasilopita cool down well.
  • For the Chocolate Coating
  • In a bowl, add the milk chocolate couverture broken into small pieces and the vegetable oil. Cover with cling film and melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bain-marie.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the Vasilopita and spread it. Once cooled, you can decorate it as desired.

Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 26.3g 40%
    • Saturated Fat 12.8g 60%
  • Cholesterol 224mg 75%
  • Sodium 3361mg 141%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 208mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrate 77g 26%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
    • Sugars 28.8g
  • Protein 14.5g 29%
  • Calcium 80%
  • Iron 5%
  • Vitamin D 25%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.