Fanouropita: A Saint Fanourios Cake for Lost Things

 Fanouropita is a Saint Fanourios cake for lost things. Greeks believe that Saint Phanourios is the finder of lost things. When an item is lost, this fanouropita cake is baked to ask the saint’s help in finding it. Traditionally, fanouropita is baked on Saint Phanourios Day, August 27, and the baker makes a wish for a lost thing to be found. In some parts of Greece, like Crete, some young women bake this cake to ask Saint Phanourios for help finding a good husband. My family on the other hand makes this cake every time we feel that Saint Fanourios help us find a lost thing or shows a solution to a problem we are facing. 

According to tradition, fanouropita's ingredients must be an odd number either ​​seven, nine, or eleven. The ingredients must be all fasting, which is why it contains olive oil or seed oil. 

This fanouropita recipe requires flour, olive oil, sugar, orange juice, baking powder, cognac, raisins, cinnamon cloves, and powdered sugar. It takes 20 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. 

Fanouropita: A Saint Fanourios Cake for Lost Things

Fanouropita - Ingredients

  • 500 ml of  orange juice
  • 500 g of sugar 
  • 250 ml of  oil
  • 250 g of self-raising flour of
  • 1 shot of cognac 
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon cloves
  • 250 g of cup raisin
  • Powdered sugar

Fanouropita - How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
  2. Take a large dissolve the oil with the sugar
  3. Add the orange juice, cognac and slowly add the flour, the baking powder, and mix. 
  4. Add the raisins and cinnamon cloves. Continue mixing. 
  5. Grease well a baking pan (ideally with a 26 cm diameter). Pour the mixture.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes. Before removing the fanouropita from the oven, check its center with a knife if it comes out dry then our cake is ready.
  7. Sprinkle the fanouropita with powdered sugar when it is cool.
Fanouropita is also a great cake if you are fasting or are a vegan. Enjoy!