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Fanouropita: Traditional Greek Cake for Lost Things

This cake is directly linked with Greeks’ religious tradition. Fanouropita (φανουρόπιτα) is a cake made to honor St. Fanourios on the 27th of August. You may wonder why Greeks consider fanouropita as a cake for lost things. Well, every time Greeks lose something, they make a vow to St. Fanourios to reveal the lost thing. St. Fanourios name comes to the Greek word fanerono which means reveal.

To honor the Saint for helping them find their lost things, Greeks make this fanouropita and take it to any church that is named after the saint or has a picture of him. You can not imagine how many cakes are brought to the eve of Saint’s name day!

This fanouropita recipe, which serves around 10 to 12 persons, will take 45 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to cook. In order for the flavors to combine better, I suggest you allow this cake to rest at least a day before it is served. This way the flavors will combine even better. I got this fanouropita recipe from my sister. She takes this cake every year to St. Fanourios church to honor him.

According to tradition, you need to use an odd number of ingredients to make this cake. Needless to say, to say that fanouropita is so delicious that you can eat it any time of the year!


Fanouropita – Ingredients

  • 4 teacups of self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teacup of good quality seed oil
  • 1 teacup of sugar
  • ¾ teacup of orange juice
  • ½ teacup of water
  • ½ of teaspoon baking soda
  • The zest of one lemon
  • ½ teacup of brown raisin
  • ½ teacup of black raisin (optional)
  • ½ teacup of walnut, chopped
  • Powdered sugar for topping (optional)
  • Please use a 250 ml teacup for this recipe

Fanouropita – Instructions

  1. Take a baking pan (32 cm diameter). Grease it with some oil. Sprinkle it with the flower. Turn the pan upside down the pan and hit with your hand the base of the pan so that the excessive flour falls.
  2. Preheat oven to 356°F (180°C).
  3. Take a large bowl and sift the flour. Add the cinnamon and mix well.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda into the orange juice.
  5. In another bowl, add the oil, sugar, orange juice, water and lemon zest. Stir the ingredients for a couple of minutes.
  6. Gradually add the flour, raisins, walnut and stir well until all ingredients are unified.
  7. Pour into pan. Place it in the oven and bake over medium temperature for around 50 minutes.
  8. Remove the fanouropita out of the oven. Allow it to cool down for around 10 minutes.
  9. Τop with powdered sugar.
  10. Cut into pieces and serve.

Now that you know how to make a fanouropita, you can make a vow to Saint Fanourios any time you lose something! Stay tuned for more Greek dessert recipes. Enjoy!

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