Fanouropita (Saint Fanourios’ Pie)


Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

In Greece the majority of population is Christian Orthodox. This religious form resulted from the schism of 11th Century A.D. The schism between the Eastern and Western Mediterranean Christians resulted from a variety of political, cultural and theological factors which transpired over centuries. In 1054 the mutual excommunications of the Pope and the Patriarch led to the terminal separation of the two schemes.

In Greek Orthodox scheme most of the days of the year are dedicated to one or more Saints. During these days whoever has the name of the particular Saint celebrates his/her name day and everyone calls or sends wishes. On the 27th of August is Saint Fanourios day. St. Fanourios is one of the saints that we ask to intercede for us when we lose things. His name derives from the Greek verb fanerono which means I reveal. He lived during Roman times and he was in constant persecution because of his Christian beliefs.


Tradition has it that his mother was a great sinner, and that he was unable to convert her in her lifetime. After her death he prayed more for her salvation than for his own. Fanouropita is basically a cake without eggs or animal fats – thus is perfectly fine for those fastening- that is made with 7 or 9 ingredients. The number of ingredients is not random. Seven and nine were considered to be very important numbers in divination and magic. Thus, by using so many ingredients it only empowers the ability of the pie to reveal whatever we ask for.

For several years I have tried many Fanouropitas and all of them because of the lack of eggs were somewhat dry and stiff. I thought and tried and tested in my kitchen and I finally ended up with this one which I believe makes a very moist and juicy cake as if it was bathed in syrup. Since the pan was big enough, I had the chance to give some to a few friends, who told me that it was really, really good.

So, if you have something that you lost, or something that you desperately need, go ahead and give it a try. Who knows perhaps someone will listen to you and reveal it for you!

With this cake I am participating to The Great Denby Cake Off!


Fanouropita (Saint Fanourios’ Pie)


3 ½ cups of self-rising flour

3 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup honey

1 ½ cup white sugar

1 cup of prepared green tea

½ cup orange juice

1 cup blanched almonds, crumbled

1 cup raisins



Preheat oven to 175° C / 345° F.

In your mixer bowl add all the dry ingredients.

Follow by adding all the wet ingredients.

Don’t add the almonds and raisins.

Mix well until they are all fully incorporated.


Now add the raisins and almonds.

Mix just to incorporate.

Butter and flour a 29cm/11in.round pan.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the knife that you insert in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven.

Let it cool, dust with caster/superfine sugar and serve.


5.0 from 11 reviews
Fanouropita (Saint Fanourios’ Pie)
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 3 ½ cups of self-rising flour
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup of prepared green tea
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, crumbled
  • 1 cup raisins
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 175° C / 345° F.
  2. In your mixer bowl add all the dry ingredients.
  3. Follow by adding all the wet ingredients.
  4. Don’t add the almonds and raisins.
  5. Mix well until they are all fully incorporated.
  6. Now add the raisins and almonds.
  7. Mix just to incorporate.
  8. Butter and flour a 29cm/11in.round pan.
  9. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the knife that you insert in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven.
  11. Let it cool, dust with caster/superfine sugar and serve.

5.0 from 11 reviews
Μετά από πολλούς πειραματισμούς κατέληξα σε αυτή τη Φανουρόπιτα που μολονότι δεν έχει αυγά είναι αφράτη και ζουμερή σαν να την έχεις σιροπιάσει!
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό, Κέικ
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 3 ½ φλ. Φαρίνα που φουσκώνει μόνη της
  • 3 κ.γ. κανέλα
  • 1 φλ. σπορέλαιο
  • 1 φλ. μέλι
  • 1 ½ φλ. λευκή ζάχαρη
  • 1 φλ. πράσινο τσάι
  • ½ φλ. χυμό πορτοκαλιού
  • 1 φλ. άσπρα αμύγδαλα, χοντροαλεσμένα
  • 1 φλ. σταφίδες
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  2. Στο μπολ του μίξερ σας προσθέστε όλα τα στεγνά συστατικά.
  3. Ακολουθήστε προσθέτοντας όλα τα υγρά συστατικά.
  4. Μην προσθέσετε τα αμύγδαλα και σταφίδες.
  5. Ανακατέψτε καλά μέχρι να είναι όλα πλήρως ενσωματωμένα.
  6. Τώρα, προσθέστε τις σταφίδες και τα αμύγδαλα.
  7. Ανακατέψτε αργά ίσα που να ενσωματωθούν τα αμύγδαλα και οι σταφίδες.
  8. Βουτυρώστε και αλευρώστε ένα ταψί 29cm.
  9. Ψήστε για περίπου 40 λεπτά ή μέχρι το μαχαίρι που θα βυθίσετε στο κέντρο να βγει καθαρό.
  10. Βγάλτε από το φούρνο.
  11. Αφήστε το να κρυώσει και πασπαλίστε το με ζάχαρη άχνη ή σερβίρετέ το έτσι.



68 Responses to Fanouropita (Saint Fanourios’ Pie)

  1. cleo says:

    If you wish on making this “pie” you must make it on the 26 or 27 of August wish is his name date for us Orthodox Christians, he does not only help you find something but makes true your wishes.there is also a prayer that we say making this pie and then we take it to the church which has his name and the father there blesses this.

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  3. sneha says:

    Looks Delicious. :)

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  5. Ilka says:

    This cake sounds amazing! I love that it has green tea. I would love to try it:)

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  7. This looks delicious! I love all the flavors you have here. And, I love that you have such a great recipe from time passed.

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  9. Viviana says:

    This is one of my favourite Greek cakes! I loved the story and I must try your recipe! As soon as I can I shall be doing it!

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  11. Hadia says:

    Katerine the cake looks so delicious,and enjoyed reading the story behind the cake.

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  13. rebecca says:

    great post as always and a good cake for many Indians like my mum in law who don’t eat eggs

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  15. Mona says:

    This looks divine. Have never made a cake that calls for green tea before. Think I will substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil. Hope that will work. Looks like a great recipe.

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  17. Mariely says:

    It sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Less Laundry, More Linking party.

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  19. Lisa says:

    This looks so good! I had never heard of it before. Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I hope you will be able to join us again this week.

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  21. Jennie says:

    My husband would love this! Need to try it!
    I would love for you to come link up with me today and share this!!

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  23. Kathy Moody says:

    This looks so delicious, and such an awesome post. Thank you so much for sharing this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I just featured it at Pick of the Bunch. I also pinned and tweeted. :)

    I also followed you on all social media. Love your blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katerina,
    I just love the history of your Fanouropita Saint Fanourious Pie. I can’t wait to make it with a list of things I have lost, what a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  27. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you’ll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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  29. This cake sounds wonderful. I love orange flavors in baked goods. Thanks so much for sharing your links at our “Best Of The Weekend party”! I have pinned this to our party board and to another big board too. We hope to see you again at the next party! Have a great week!!

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  31. I love reading your posts and learning about your Greek heritage. This cake looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  33. Joining you from the Meatless Monday Blog Hop! What a yummy recipe! I will be trying this for sure! I am now following you on all social media. Hope you will stop by and do the same!
    The Adored Home

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  35. Beautiful cake! And great photos! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #29.

    ~Amber @

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  37. This looks lovely, and thanks for joining the Meatless Monday blog hop. We hope to see you every week! Please do add the code in to this blog post, so all your readers can see the other posts in the hop too.

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  39. Nicole says:

    What an interesting history! I had to click on the link just because the name was so unfamiliar to me. Thanks for linking up to Let’s Get Real!

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  41. I love that this has honey and green tea in it. Looks delish!
    Thanks for linking up with us at Swap N Share Sunday
    Spatulas On Parade

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  43. TaMara says:

    I love how you share the history behind the recipes. This looks like it would be wonderful. Thanks for linking up at Food on Friday.

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  45. Trisha says:

    Looks amazing!! x

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  47. Very interesting use of green tea here. So yum!!

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  49. mjskit says:

    A very interesting tale to go with this cake. Having been raised southern Baptist I’ve never been familiar with saints because Baptist don’t have saints. However, I love the idea of saints and I see them as guardian angels and that every one has one. :) Back to the cake – eggs or no eggs, this cake does look delicious!

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  51. Beth says:

    Thanks for sharing that lovely story. Help finding lost things would be great for me!

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  53. nice sweet bites,
    i guess the almond won’t failed on pastry…
    btw, why this is called St.Fanourios PIE,instead of CAKE???
    *just curious

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  55. Emily R says:

    Hi, Katerina… I don’t know if you remember me from EZ’s Recipes but I am finally returned to the blogging world with a new blog name… two years and one divorce later! I am excited to be back in the community. I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I hope all is well! :) Xoxo

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  57. Julie says:

    What a beautiful dish and it’s so great to learn the history.

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  59. I enjoyed reading the history. This looks like a yummy dessert.

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  61. gloria says:

    I love this cake look absolutely delicious!!

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  63. Winnie says:

    It’s a beautiful delicious cake!
    It contains honey and it’s perfect for our coming holidays next week :)

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  65. Nadji says:

    J’aime beaucoup les histoires qui accompagnent très souvent tes recettes.
    Tu nous nourris et le ventre et l’esprit. Merci beaucoup.
    Un gâteau bien parfumé qui me plait.
    See soon.

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  67. rosita says:

    Me encanta su pastel con miel se ve muy rico y elegante,saludos y abrazos

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  69. Another mouthwatering recipe! This moist and flavorful cake ( or pie ) looks awesome.

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  71. Looks wonderful – interesting story!!

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  73. Julie M. says:

    Such an interesting story Katerina! I always love your posts. :) This recipe is definitely worth a try if only for the luck it may bring!

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  75. Debra says:

    Love this story and recipe.

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  77. wow! such a sweet thing to have while going through this rich piece of history,we adore both…loved the mix of orange,almonds and cinnamon…very Mediterranean mix of delicious flavors :-)

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  79. grace says:

    green tea, honey, orange juice, and cinnamon sounds like a delicious combination to me!

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  81. Gorgeous cake Katerina! Very interesting with the addition of green tea. Not only cake you think of this on the saints day but it is also high in antioxidants with the green tea and vitamin C for immunity. A delicious looking moist cake and almost healthy. LOL Well at least moist…

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  83. A very interesting piece of history and culture.
    The cake looks decadent and the recipe is definitely very interesting especially the tea in it. I would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

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  85. Louise says:

    I haven’t celebrated any Name Days on my blog this year. I thought about celebrating Saint Fanourios but I couldn’t find just the right recipe. Looks like I’ve found it now, Katerina. I’m saving this post:)

    Thank you so much for sharing…In our house we pray to St. Anthony for lost things:)

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  87. Sissi says:

    This cake sounds so magical and mysterious thanks to your wonderful introduction. It also looks irresistibly good and your presentation is gorgeous.

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  89. Joanne says:

    What a lovely cake! It was so nice to learn about the story behind it!

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  91. CCU says:

    Lovely cake full of delicious flavours 😀


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  93. Asmita says:

    Gorgeous as always! Love the orange in the cake. Yummy!

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  95. Liz says:

    What a moist, gorgeous dessert! St. Fanouropita sounds like our St. Anthony :)

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  97. FoodieChick says:

    St. Fanourios is one of my very favorite saints. He has always helped me locate anything that I (and also my friends) have misplaced when I pray to him to guide me to the item. Thank you for honoring him with his special cake, as he is such a special saint.

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  99. A very interesting cake..I love it’s made with green tea.

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  101. cquek says:

    Can I have 2 slices

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  103. Oh how interesting! Your cake looks absolutely incredible – and so moist!

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  105. Interesting story with an interesting cake. Almonds and orange make for a very delicious cake.
    It’s really interesting how cultures are so different but we all have so many things in common. Indians consider 7 and 9 to be an auspicious number.

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  107. Amy Tong says:

    Interesting story and history behind this pie. And this Fanouropita sounds really yummy. :)

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  110. Juliana says:

    Orange and almonds, looks delicious this cake. I wish I could be your neighbor…I would love to try a slice of this cake.
    Have a great week ahead Katerina 😀

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  112. Jeannie says:

    Scrumptious looking cake Katerina, I love almonds in my cakes too, hope to bake this soon…pinned!

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  114. I have always enjoyed Greek culture. Love the post and the cake too.


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  116. Balvinder says:

    I enjoy the stories behind all your recipes. Eggs or no eggs ,it looks wonderful with crumbled almonds.

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  118. Kathy says:

    Love the celebration and the beautiful cake!! In Catholicism we pray to St. Anthony for lost or impossible things! He’s helped me on more than one occasion! Great post, Katerina!

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  120. rosita says:

    Se ve muy rico su pastel me encanta,saludos y abrazos

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  122. With a cup of honey, your cake has to be delicious as well as moist.

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  124. A wonderful post, I love your writings explaining your country. And the cake looks wonderful, interesting to see green tea in it.

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  126. Kate says:

    I kind of love the idea of celebrating Saint Days.

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  128. Ola says:

    interesting! here the saint is Saint Antony to pray for finding lost things

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  130. Ξανθή says:

    Πάω τώρα να τη φτιάξω, και του χρόνου με υγεία.

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