Saint Fanourios is celebrated every year on August 27th and the tradition requires a fanouropita. As the patron saint of lost things, it’s been a longtime traditional for Greeks to make this special cake dedicated to Saint Fanourios. The saint’s name derives from the Greek word “Fanerono” which means to reveal), and according to the tradition, the cook makes this cake with a silent prayer to find lost things. However, “lost things” is a very loose interpretation of finding whatever one does not have: jewels, money, even a husband or wife.
The fanouropita is a lenten cake, made with seven or nine ingredients. Personally, I love lenten cakes, as they tend to have a lighter taste and moist texture. In this particular fanouropita recipe, I used carbonated orange juice (like Fanta) instead of fresh orange juice, allowing the fanouropita to rise better and has a perfectly crisp and sweet taste.
Make this fanouropita recipe at home, and serve it along with coffee, tea or milk.
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Fanouropita Recipe (Greek cake for lost things)
- 1 1/4 cup / 300 g. carbonated orange juice like Fanta
- 1 1/4 cup / 300 g. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/4 cup / 300 g. sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. glound clove
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1.1 lb / 500 g. all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tbsp icing sugar optional
- Preheat the oven at 180oC / 350oF.
- In a large bowl, mix carbonated orange juice, extra virgin olive oil with the sugar, baking soda, clove, and cinnamon. Sift the flour in the mixture and whisk. Add the walnuts and the raisins to the mixture. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
- Transfer the mixture in a greased and floured 30 cm / 8’’ baking tin. Bake for 1 hour, until the crust is golden. Let the fanouropita cool down. Cut in rectangle slices and dust with icing sugar (optional).
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