Monday, June 10, 2013

Fanouropita (aka "the cake of things lost" and found)

So, if you have lost a lover, your mind, or your keys, here is a traditional Greek recipe for Fanouropita. It is a sponge cake in honour of St.Fanourios, the patron saint of lost things. His name denotes that he acts as the "revealer."

360 grams. plain, all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

160 grams, sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

185 ml. olive oil

185 ml. fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven at 190 degrees celsius and brush a 24 cm. spring-form tin with olive oil and flour. In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the olive oil, orange juice and vanilla and whisk with electric beaters until smooth. It should be very thick. Put into the tin and bake for 40 min. until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. You can decorate it with icing sugar on top. My daughter came up with the idea of putting a "peppa pig" stamp on top of the cake and then sprinkle the icing sugar to form her silhouette. A postmodern take on tradition, no doubt.