St Jame's Cake (Tarta de Santiago)

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Sara Cruz Molina, Münster, Germany
Genomics

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Ingredients

300g sugar
300g almonds
6 eggs
1/2 spoon of cinnamon powder
1/2 lemon (zest only)
Powder sugar for decoration
Cutout of the cross or the shell of St. James
Some butter for greasing the tin (28 cm)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease cake tin with butter

2. Mix half of the sugar, zests and eggs together until light and fluffy. Next, stir in the ground almonds and the cinnamon.

3. Put the mixture into the prepared tin and bake it for 45 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes and put it onto a wire rack.

5. To decorate it, find the shape of the St James cross, print it out and put it on the cake

6. Once the cake is cool, dust the cake with icing sugar and ready to eat!!

Background

Santiago de Compostela is a city in the Northwest of Spain, it is probably best known as the end point of the Camino de Santiago. It's a long trail, traditionally a pilgrimage, that is said to follow the path of St James leading to the cathedral that holds a shrine to him.
While it is named after St James (Santiago), the origins of this cake are not known. Some stories say that it was brought as an offering by a pilgrim making the Camino and was then adopted. But then, it is said to originate in the Middle Ages, where almonds where a luxury and only rich people or high priest could eat them ...
It is a cake super easy to make and for me brings memories from my trips to Galicia, a region which is 250 km away from the place I come from.

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