Fanouropita (Greek Spiced Raisin Cake)

Total Time
10 mins
45 mins

Aghios Fanourios (Saint Fanourios) is the saint of revelation - that is why he is often depicted carrying a candle. Also, he had a sinful mom. In Greece, we bake this delicious raisin cake for his saint's day and offer it to guests. It is traditional to say 'God forgive Saint Fanourios' mom' before eating it (what DID this woman do?). I'm sure my kids will create a similar cake for me (it will contain chocolate, I'm sure) so that people can ask for me to be forgiven of my sins. ;-) BTW, there are no eggs in this cake, and no butter, making it suitable for the Lenten fast.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and flour a 12-inch, round cake pan or a 9x13x2-inch baking dish.
  3. Mix the flour with the spices.
  4. In a bowl mix the oil, sugar, orange juice, brandy and the orange zest.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Add the flour, the raisins and the walnuts.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake the cake (it is called a'pie'- pita' in Greek) for 45 min to an hour (tester inserted comes out clean).