Energising Almond Tarta Di Santiago Recipe

This fantastic almond cake comes from Santiago di Compostella, the capital of Spain, Galicia. It is named after the patron saint of Spain, St. James and is traditionally made with just almonds, sugar and eggs. Sometimes it has a sweet pastry case, but my version is without pastry. It is not only more virtuous as it contains absolutely no butter, but it is moist and light, gluten-free and a great natural energy food.

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Cooking time
30 minutes
6-8 people

Nutritional facts

Calories 447.1 (kcal)
Protein 14 (g)
Carbs 40.7 (g)
Fat 25.2 (g)

Recipe Information

Prep: 10 minutes Cooking: 30 minutes
Serves: 6-8

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Also the almonds in this cake provide good, cholesterol-reducing monounsaturated fats and also contain significant amounts of the antioxidant vitamin E, plus magnesium and potassium. Yes, they are basically good for you. It is also an incredibly quick cake to make and good enough to serve up as a desert with a dollop of cream or some fruit.


  1. Turn the oven on to 180°C and grease the cake tin - use a 23cm (9 inch) spring form cake tin or flan dish.
  2. Whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage with an electric whisk — they will become white and will form little 'droopy' peaks.
  3. Put the egg yolks, lemon zest and sugar into a separate bowl and whisk until pale and creamy.
  4. Stir in the almonds and the sherry.
  5. Fold in the egg whites, a little at a time, and then pour the mixture into the cake tin.
  6. Cook in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, until golden. If you poke a skewer into the middle of the cake, it should come out clean. Cool in the tin, on a wire rack.
  7. Decorate with icing sugar.