Tasty Loaf Cake


In my last post, Bloggers Day Out I mention I’d made Saint Fanourios cake, supposed to be eaten on his feast day, 27th August. First venerated in Rhodes, Saint Fanourios interceded on behalf of three enslaved priests from Crete and on their eventual return they took knowledge of this saint – to learn more Click Here.

CakeThis photo, courtesy of Leilani Duvauchelle, taken on our balcony, shows the cake I made a week before Saint Fanourios day. This one used grated apple … however the recipe says ‘or other fruit’.

The recipe also calls for some spirit, they suggest Metaxa (a local brandy) or Raki, local fire water.

In the past I’d always used the Metaxa but this time used raki. I have to say the Metaxa adds a certain ‘something’.

A few days later a generous neighbour gave me a carrier bag full of pears from his orchard on Katharo Plateau, and I thought this would be good as the ‘or other fruit’. DSCN1107.jpgShame there was only a third of the loaf left when I thought about taking the photo.  This time I did use Metaxa, and it worked well with the pears.

I certainly think this cake is too yummy to keep for one day per year. Here is the recipe if you want to have a go.





1 cup olive oil

1 cup fresh orange juice

4 tablespoons Metaxa or spirit of your choice

Half cup walnuts

Generous half cup grated apples or pears

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Half teaspoon ground clove

1 tablespoon Baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Half a cup of raisins

500gm plain flour


  1. Heat oven to 175c
  2. Beat the oil and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add the spirit with the baking powder dissolved in it.
  4. Add the orange juice with the baking soda dissolved in it
  5. Sift the flour into the mixture then add the cinnamon, cloves, walnuts and raisins and stir well.
  6. Tip the batter in an oiled and lined loaf tin
  7. Bake for just under 1 hour

What is your favourite Greek cake or pastry?

9 thoughts on “Tasty Loaf Cake”

  1. Did you know that if you lose something, you bake the cake of St. Fanourios (fanouropitta) and he helps you find it? The verb fanerono (φανερωνω) means to reveal, so he reveals the lost object 🙂
    Question: didn’t the pears release too much liquid? Sometimes I find if pears are juicy they do that. Once I made my peaches and cream cake using pears, and it was like soup!

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    1. Hi, thanks for adding the info about baking the cake to find something. I’d overlooked that. A local monastery, Fanourios has a legend about an icon that was revealed to a poor shepherd.
      No, the pears didn’t release too much liquid but they were very hard. That is a good point…if they were very juicy it would have made the mixture very wet. x

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