Tarta de Santiago


Introduction

This is a traditional Spanish cake from the region of Galicia. It is a very simple cake, made with just a few ingredients, but it is absolutely delicious. The cake is named after the city of Santiago de Compostela, which is a major pilgrimage site in Spain.

Ingredients

– 200g almonds
– 200g sugar
– 4 eggs
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– Zest of 1 lemon
– Flour for dusting

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Grind the almonds in a food processor until they are a fine powder.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until pale and fluffy.
4. Add the ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon and lemon zest and mix well.
5. Dust a baking tin with flour and pour in the cake batter.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Description of the food

This cake is dense and moist, with a lovely almond flavor. It is not too sweet, and the lemon zest gives it a freshness that makes it irresistible.

Potential changes & improvements

If you want to make the cake a bit more indulgent, you could add some chopped dark chocolate to the batter. For a more summery version, you could substitute the lemon zest for orange zest.

What other food it works well with

This cake is often served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. It also goes well with a cup of coffee or tea.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making this cake is to not grind the almonds finely enough. If the almonds are not ground finely enough, the cake will be very dense and heavy. Another mistake is to not whisk the eggs and sugar together properly, which will result in a cake that is not as light and fluffy.

Nutritional Information

This cake is relatively high in calories and fat, due to the almonds. However, it is also a good source of protein and vitamin E.

Allergens

This cake contains nuts (almonds) and eggs.


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