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Spice cake without egg and butter

This cake is named after Saint Phanourios (or Fanourios), as it is made on the eve of St. Phanourios' day. Greeks make this also when they lose something, as Phanourios is the saint of the lost things.

It is made also during the Orthodox fasting periods, as it does not contain butter or egg.

It might not be as nice as with butter-and-egg rich cakes. On the other hand it is very easy to make and makes a nice accomaniment to tea.


All-purpose flour400g
Vegetable oil200cc
Orange juice200cc
Brandy2 tsps
Baking soda1 tsp
Cinnamon powder1 tsp
All spice or clove powder1 tsp
WalnutsHalf cup (crashed)
Sultanashalf cup
Oillitte (to oil the baking tin)
sesame seeds1 tsp (optional)


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This recipe is based on the one in Greek cooking book published by Toubis publisher.
The quantity of sugar, nuts, spice, and sultanas can be modified accoding to your taste. Instead of walnuts, you can use any nuts you like, almond, for example.

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