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Catholic Recipe: Melachrino

    INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice Icing
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 5 or 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Greece

Also Called: Spice Cake

This Greek Christmas sweet bread or spice cake can also be called Hidden Jesus Bread. It's a very nice treat to have with your Christmas breakfast, particularly if you return from Christmas morning Mass.

In Greece it is customary to hide a silver coin deep in its crust. You can also bake a tiny figure of the Holy Infant in the dough. The one who receives the coin or figure is honored for the day.

DIRECTIONS

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add milk alternately with sifted dry ingredients. Stir in lemon juice. Pour batter into a greased 9x14 loaf pan. Bake in a moderate oven (350°) for 45 minutes. While the cake is still hot, cover with icing.

Recipe Source: Family Advent Customs by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1979
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