I instantly fell in love with this place. It was in Albaicí aka the Muslim quarter. This area is known for its narrow winding streets, so I couldn't stop thinking about how they bring all their fresh ingredients everyday into their shop, clearly cars don't fit... and I complain about my fifth floor walk up when I come from the grocery store- these people are amazing.
I've been wanting to make this cake, so I've been reading up on it. I've learned that the traditional torta de Santiago, is a very simple, flour-less basic cake- PERFECT! The ingredients are super simple: eggs, and equal parts sugar and ground almonds (so use a scale if you have one). That's it! and a bit of cinnamon and salt to enhance flavors. This is more of a tea cake and what makes it "Santiago" is the traditional cross mold for the powdered sugar on top. Since it's Valentine's day. I made it for my marido with a heart instead.... awww
So here, make this (recipe follows).
In a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and slowly add the sugar.
When incorporated and airy, add the salt and the cinnamon
Fold in the ground almonds by hand.
Once incorporated, pour batter into a 9" pan and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown at 325 degrees.
Let it cool in a rack and once cool...
Place a paper cut out (or in my case a cookie cutter) to use as a mold and dust with powdered sugar. If you want to make a traditional Torta de Santiago, you can print and cut out this traditional mold.
Enjoy, and Feliz dia de los enamorados! ♥
Torta de Santiago:
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 250 gr or 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 250 gr or 1 1/4 cup of ground almonds
- powdered sugar for dusting