Tarta de Santiago (St. James' Cake)
Santiago (St. James) is the patron saint of Spain and this delicious almond cake is named in his honor.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 2 ⅔cups almonds
- 4large eggs
- 1 ¼cups sugar
- ½cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾cup flour
- ½teaspoon baking powder
- ½cup water
- 1lemon, zested
- Confectioners' sugar, for garnish
Step 1Blanch the almonds, then using a grinder or a food processor, grind the almonds until fine and set aside.
Step 2Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease a round 8-inch springform pan .
Step 3In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together. Add the butter, flour, baking powder, and water and beat with an electric hand mixer until well combined.
Step 4Stir the almonds into the batter. Add the lemon zest and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Step 5Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Check doneness after 45 minutes—cake is done if a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Step 6The traditional way to decorate the cake is to sprinkle powdered sugar with a cut-out of the sword of St. James or a cross on top. To create a cross, use any clean piece of paper folded in fourths to cut out a cross. Then, after the cake has cooled, place the cross in the center of the cake and dust the top with confectioners' sugar . A small flour sifter works well for this job. Remove the paper to reveal the silhouette.
Step 7Serve and enjoy!