Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fanouropita- Greek vegan spiced raisin cake

This cake is made around the 28th August to celebrate the patron saint of revelation and finding clarity- St Fanouros. Although it's called a pie, it's clearly a cake and a super delicious and easy one to make, you'll want to make it often and have some lying around to enjoy with tea or coffee.

What you need
- 4 cups of plain flour
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
- 1 cup of golden raisins (or currants, dried cranberries soaked in hot water and drained well)
- 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- 1 cup of light olive oil
- 1 ½ cups orange juice
- ½ cup brandy
- fine zest of 2 oranges
- 2 tsp sesame seeds

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Line a 23cm square cake tin
3. Dry ingredients: Mix flour, baking powder, and spices in a bowl
4. Wet ingredients: In another bowl combine orange juice, oil, brandy with sugar and orange zest and whisk until sugar is dissolved
5. Dust fruit with flour so as not to stick to the bottom.
6. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture. Add raisins and walnuts, mix well – will be a wet mixture.
7. Pour into cake tin and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
8. Bake at 180C for 45min to 1 hour (test to make sure inserter comes out clean).

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