Dear Fr Deacon Raphael
Thank you for your message :-)
Here is my recipe for Vasilopitta, taken from "The Taste Of Cyprus" by Gilli Davies, Interworld publications,1990
This recipe produces a densely textured but very tasty cake-type bread.
Beat 3oz butter in a big bowl until soft and creamy,
then add 4 egg yolks,
4oz caster sugar,
4 tablespoons of vegetable or sunflower oil
and 2 or 3 tablespoons full of finely grated orange rind.
Gradually mix in 2 tablespoons brandy and three-quarters of a glass (150ml) orange juice.
Fold in 12 oz plain flour, 2 teaspoons baking pwder and 4 whisked eggwhites.
Add a coin, securely wrapped in aluminium foil or greaseproof paper.
Pour into a lined and buttered cake tin and cook in amedium oven, Gas 4, 350F , 180C for approx 1 hour.
If the cake turns brown before being cooked properly, cover the top with brown paper.