FANOUROPITA –Spicy Olive Oil Cake

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

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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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2 thoughts on “FANOUROPITA –Spicy Olive Oil Cake

  1. Scalia, thank you so much, wonderful recipe! Made it today. I did not have oranges so substituted for grapefruite juice. Just got your cookbook, can’t wait to try all the recipes!

  2. Aglaia, thank you so much, wonderful recipe! Made it today. I did not have oranges so substituted for grapefruite juice. Just got your cookbook, can’t wait to try all the recipes!

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