Greek New Year Muffin Recipe

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I’m in love with Greek New Year Bread and I didn’t have all the ingredients needed to make the bread this year. I decided to add all the flavours in a muffin and I am absolutely in love with them! The muffins came out amazing and the taste is spot on! Exactly like the Greek New Years Bread! Here is what you will need:

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Preheat oven to 350F

Bake for 25min


2  Cups of White Flour

1 tbs Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

1/4 tsp Mastic Powder (GREEK GUM) 

I buy this from a Greek pastry store.

1 Cup Milk

1/2 Vanilla Pod (Scrape the seeds out of the pod. Use only the seeds in the recipe)

1 small package of Mahleb

(“Mahleb or Mahlab is an aromatic spice made from the seeds of a species of cherry, Prunus mahaleb. The cherry stones are cracked to extract the seed kernel, which is about 5 mm diameter, soft and chewy on extraction.Wikipedia“)

 I usually get this at a Greek Pastry store.

1/4 Cup Butter

2 Oranges

( you will need the zest & Juice of two oranges)

Orange Drizzle

1/2 Cup Icing Sugar

2 1/2 tbs orange juice

Mix and add more or less for your desired consistency.


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Get all the ingredients ready and measured.
  3. Get your muffin tin ready and add the muffin papers.
  4. Spray the muffin papers.
  5. In a bowl add the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar mastixa powder and the zest of two oranges.
  6. In a pot, warm up the milk with the vanilla pod scrapings and the mahleb. You can also add the vanilla pod skin. After you warm it up strain it. Let it cool.
  7. Once it is cool add the butter, egg and orange juice in the milk and mix.
  8. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix.
  9. Fill the muffin papers and bake for 25 min.
  10. Let them cool and Drizzle the Icing on top.


*YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE THE 2 GREEK INGREDIENTS MAHLEB & MASTIC. I tested the recipe without them and with the coconut oil and it turned out perfect!


If you make these I would love to see pictures and let me know how you like them! TWEET ME!


Thank you all so much and have a beautiful weekend!

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