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Torta de Santiago    Veg   CD   CBF   Spanish  70mins plus cooling


From the Galicia Region  in North-Western  Spain.


Makes 1 x 20cm/8 inch cake   Cold  Vegetarian   Nuts  Alcohol  Cakes  Baked Fayre Gluten Wheat free   Spain  Europe



225g/8oz Sugar

1/4 teaspoon grated Lemon Rind

225g/8oz Almonds with skins, finely ground

7 Eggs, separated

1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

For the filling and topping

300ml/10fl.oz. Whipping Cream

1/4 teasp Sugar

1 teasp Brandy 

Finely chopped Almonds to garnish




1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4  and lightly grease and flour 2 x 20cm/8 inch round sandwich tins.


2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar, lemon rind, and egg yolks until the mixture is light and fluffy.


3. Stir in the almonds and cinnamon.


4. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they are stiff, but not dry.


5. Stir a few tablespoons of the egg white into the almond mixture to lighten it a little, then fold in the rest of the egg whites.


6. Transfer the mixture to the sandwich tins and bake  for 45 minutes or until the cakes are cooked and brown.


7. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove the cakes from the pans and cool on wire racks.


8. To make topping - in a mixing bowl, whisk together the cream, brandy and sugar until stiff.  Spread half the mixture on one of the cakes then place the other cake on top and coat the top and sides of the double layered cake. Garnish with chopped almonds.



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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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