Tomorrow is dedicated to Άγιος Φανούριος, St Fanourios, in the Greek Orthodox church, whose icon was found in the Byzantine period on the island of Rodos (Rhodes). The attribute associated with St Fanourios in popular tradition is that he is the finder of lost objects, as his name suggests: in the Greek language, φανερώνω (fanerono) means reveal. Breads and cakes are baked in his name and offered at the church in the vespers (the night before the feast day) or the morning service (on the feast day), which are then blessed by the priest and shared among the congregation.
The vegan cake baked in St Fanourios’ honour (called φανουρόπιτα, fanouropita) is the Greek version of gingerbread, resembling a sweet bread rather than a cake. Although it doesn’t contain ginger, this spice could easily replace the traditional ground cloves and cinnamon. It also has special properties: it must be made with seven or nine ingredients.
- 220ml corn oil
- 500g Cake flour (που φουσκώνει μόνο του)
- 220ml sugar
- 220ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup medium ground walnuts
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp ground clove
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
There are no difficult directions here…Just throw everything into a bowl, mix and place in a greased baking tray! Cook for 30min on 180 degrees celsius on a fan forced oven
*** Painting in the background is from the very talented Yiannis Kaminis