On 27th of August each year, the Orthodox Church celebrates the 'Saint Fanourio'. The housewives fill the churches with the well-known 'fanouropites', which after being blessed by the priest of the church they are cut and shared to all attendees. It has been established to make fanouropita when we have missed something. However, there are variations in tradition in different regions of Greece regarding the reason of somebody making 'fanouropita'.


For preparation, you will need

1 cup oil
1/1/2 cup sugar
4/1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons orange peel scrap
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon dry clove
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ cup orange juice
2/3 cup brandy
¾ cup black and blond raisins
¾ cup walnuts
Sesame seeds (optional)


In a mixer bowl beat the oil, sugar and orange scrap. Then you mix and stir well the flour, raisins, walnuts, orange and brandy, cinnamon, ,the dry clove and the baking powder. At the bottom of the baking pan sprinkle with sesame seeds and add a little more on the finish. Bake in preheated oven.