Yesterday, August 27th, was the name day of Saint Fanourios, the patron saint of things lost. His name is invoked when prayers are asked for the recovery of things lost items. The recipe below is for Fanouropita, a cake traditionally eaten on his name day.
750g self-raising flour
600 ml orange juice
150 ml must (juice from fresh grapes)
300 ml olive oil
200g grated walnuts
50g sesame seeds
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated cloves
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar to sprinkle on top
Put the orange juice, olive oil and sugar in a bowl and stir well.
Dissolve the baking soda in the must and add to the mixture.
Separately, mix together the flour, walnuts, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and fold it in.
Grease an oven dish 30cm diameter and 6cm deep and put the mixture in it.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 50 minutes.
After you remove the cake, lightly sprinkle icing sugar on top.
Eat and Enjoy!