St. Phanurius Cake
In the Orthodox Church, August 27 is dedicated to Saint Phanurius. The Orthodox faithful pray to this Saint to help them recover lost things such as car keys or a child’s favorite toy. Some even pray to this saint to help them find hope, faith or focus. As a thanks-offering the custom arose of baking a cake in his honor.
As with many traditional an authentic Greek recipes there are a number of variations to the Fanouropita. This recipe is my favorite. It is simple to prepare and tastes delicious. It is light and tastes great late at night, fresh out of the oven with melted butter and honey drizzled on top. (YEP! I do that… often!)
Adding raisins and walnuts is optional but really adds to the flavor and texture of this spiced cake. Traditionally, a dusting of powdered sugar is all you need to complete this cake. Today I’m using fresh local berries and organic crystallized ginger to decorate.
If you aren’t into make little bundt cakes, try donuts, or simply pour the mixture into an 9.5 by 11 inch glass pan. It will taste just as delicious any way you bake it!
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- grated rind of 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 cups white flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon together in a large bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, combine oil and sugar until blended.
- Add the warm water, orange rind, orange juice and walnuts and mix well.
- Slowly add the flour mixture and combine until smooth.
- Add raisins.
- Pour batter into well greased mini bundt pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when lightly touched.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Top with powdered sugar, fresh fruit and crystallized ginger.
- Walnuts and raisins can be omitted.
©2015 by Alexandra Salidas Roll, Figs & Feta, LLC.
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