FANOUROPITA –Spicy Olive Oil Cake

My version of the traditional cake based on a recipe from the island of Skopelos.

For a 9-inch square cake

1 cup light olive oil (or a combination of sunflower oil and olive oil)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons mixed ground cinnamon and allspice
1 cup dried currants or raisins
1 cup coarsely ground almonds or walnuts

1/2 cup lemon or orange liqueur (or brandy)
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons sesame seeds for topping

Beat together the olive oil and sugar with a hand-held mixer.
In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, spices, raisins and nuts. Add the oil mixture, the liqueur and orange juice and mix with a spatula.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Line a 9 inch square or equivalent round pan with parchment paper, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sesame seeds and pour in the batter and sprinkle the top with one more tablespoon sesame seeds.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool on a rack and unmold.

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