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St. Fanourios Cake  "Fanouropita"


The cake is very simple to make and is tasty and moist. Youll notice that it doesnt contain any dairy products so it can be eaten during the Lent season if you are fasting too. See our section on Greek Superstitions and Legends to read the story behind this cake.


1 cup white oil - soy or corn oil works well 1 cup white sweet wine
1 cup sugar 1 tbs. grated lemon peel
1 cup fresh orange juice 1 tbs. grated orange peel
1 tbs. baking powder 1 cup raisins tossed in flour, optional
3 cups flour sesame seeds

Oil and flour a baking pan of your choice. The usual is a sheet cake pan but I use a bundt pan instead and after I have oiled it well, I sprinkle the sesame seeds onto the oil instead of using flour - it makes a beautiful cake when its turned out of the pan.

Add all the ingredients into a large mixer bowl and beat well. Pour into your pan and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about an hour for a bundt form. Use a toothpick to check if its done with other cake forms as it may take less baking time.

Thats it. You have a wonderful cake that is light and delicious.

Susies note: If you are not fasting for the Lent season, I recommend substituting 1 cup of milk for the wine. I think it gives it much better texture. I also prefer to use the raisins for some added sweetness and zip.


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