Do you feel anxious and worried about your future?
Do you ever wonder what will happen to your business
or when you will find the love of your life?
It’s time for a fortune-telling- pie!!!
Or as we say in Greece fanouropita.
Let me be more specific; there is a Greek tradition of a pie that can reveal your future. You may think that fanouropita resembles the fortune cookies but it is quite different as you’ll see. Greeks make this pie for Saint Fanourios whose name comes from the word φανερώνω (fanerono, reveal or predict in English). In the Greek Orthodox Church, Saint Fanourios' memory is celebrated on 27 August. At the evening of 27 August, women bake this pie and bring it to saint Fanourios' churches across the country. After a special church service, each woman shares some pieces of her pie to others so at the end she should have at least 3 pieces of different pies. When they go home at the same night they put under their pillows one small bag with a very small piece of three different pies. This happens for three successive nights. During these nights the saint will reveal that they want to know. (I guess there is a timeframe due to saint’s workload ... :) ) Expect for this day, whenever somebody wants to ask something to the saint, he/she can make the pie and go it to the church of saint Fanourios.
This custom traces its roots back to the centuries and survives from generation to generation. As far as I am concerned, saint Fanourios hasn’t still predicted anything for me but I have heard many stories in which fanouropita fulfilled its purpose. Regardless, whether or not somebody believes in this Greek tradition, Fanouropita worths a try as it is really delicious. You can find this recipe with many variations, but there are some standards, for example the ingredients that you will use should be 7 or 9 and it shouldn’t contain any animal products.
P.S. In case saint Fanourios will reveal you the lucky number of lottery, I will ask a part of your profits!!!
500 gr.all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup of black raisins
1 cup oil
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove powder
1 cup sugar
Some icing sugar
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour a tube pan. In a mixing bowl, beat well all the ingredients together apart from flour, baking powder and raisins. Place flour in another bowl and add baking powder, stir well. Add raisins to flour mixture (this is an old trick as flour will prevent raisins from falling at the bottom of your pie).
At the end add the flour mixture to the other mixture and stir again.
Pour your mixture into the tube pan and bake for 45 minutes to one hour.
Wait till it cools down and sprinkle it with icing sugar.
Your fortune-telling pie is ready!!!