St. Fanourios is believed to be a martyr and miracle worker in the Greek Orthodox religion.. He is one of the Saints asked to help find people or things that are lost. His name comes from the Greek word “fanerono” which means “to reveal”.
The tradition of baking a “Fanouropita”, the cake that will help you find whoever or whatever that is lost, is a great honor bestowed upon the Saint. It is also made to celebrate his memory every 27th of August.
- Preheat oven to 175* C (347* F) Fan.
- Use a hand whisk to beat the sugar, vegetable oil and 250 g fresh orange juice in a large bowl, until the sugar melts.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 125 g of orange juice with the baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Mix with a fork until the baking soda froths.
- Add the baking soda mixture to the bowl with the sugar and whisk thoroughly.
- Add the flour, walnuts, salt and raisins. Mix until all of the ingredients are completely combined.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes.
- Serve with icing sugar and mint leaves.