Friday, October 6, 2017

St. Phanourios and Fanouropita

I'm late late in sharing this one, but I want to remember this recipe from Serious Eats that turned out better than the ones I've used in the past. This one was lovely, with great texture and flavor, not too sweet. I put it together before Liturgy, not because I had lost something, but I realized it was his feast day. Still, I said a prayer for something we've been looking for, and was not disappointed. :)

3 3/4 cups flour
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Confectioners sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 with oven rack in middle position. Grease and flour a round pan. Mine sometimes comes out undercooked in the middle, so a bundt pan would probably work well.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Add olive oil, orange juice, and vanilla and stir to combine. Batter will be very thick. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until golden and the middle of the cake is done, about an hour. Let cool 10 minutes then release springform and continue to cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners sugar before serving.

A Prayer to Christ with the Holy Great-martyr Phanourios by Nun Isidora
Master Lord Jesus Christ our God, the maker of light and source and fount of wisdom and knowledge, the cause of all that is good, the fullness of goodness and the incomprehensible sea of compassion, Who does excellent things and works wonders in His Saints, by whom Your magnificent and All-holy Name is glorified, Who reveals to us the ways of salvation by the knowledge of Your holy commandments, O Good One, and shines upon our souls with Your gladsome and un-waning light, You Whose grace is wondrous through all Your Saints, Your chosen and faithful stewards, to all those who call upon them with their whole heart, who through Your all-working power working awesome and paradoxical wonders, of which there is no number, Who through your Holy Great-martyr Phanourios the newly-revealed, revealed that which was hidden from us and reveals them speedily, Who teaches us to ask faithfully in humility, that richly You may give according to Your compassionate and all-merciful nature, Who wishes that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, Who said that “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life”. Do therefore now, all-good King and Lord of all, by this Your Holy Great-martyr Phanourios the wonderworker whom we entreat, bestow upon us who faithfully honor him, an intercessor towards You armed with Your strength, and grant to us the illumination of Your grace, make us worthy to walk in the paths of Your commandments, to come to the knowledge of Your good and complete will, reveal to us the paths of salvation, show to us the way of repentance, that pleasing You through these, Who works what is beneficial to our souls, reveal to us the treasures of Your knowledge, that to those seeking these, we who entreat You in faith, make our heart the dwelling of Your bright Holy Spirit and a receptacle of Your grace, so that with all Your Saints from the ages we may glorify You O Light-giving Lord, who in these is glorified and to You do we offer up honor and worship, together with Your beginningless Father and Your All-holy and Good and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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