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    Tarta de Santiago—Galicia This is a splendid cake. I have eaten almond cakes in other parts of Spain, but this one is special. Pilgrims and tourists who visit the great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, where the relics of the apostle Saint James are believed to be buried, see the cake in the windows of every pastry shop and restaurant. It is usually marked with the shape of the cross of the Order of Santiago. I have watched the cake being made in many sizes, big and small, thin and thick, over a pastry tart base at a bakery called Capri in Pontevedra. This deliciously moist and fragrant homey version is without a base. There is sometimes a little cinnamon added, but I find that masks the delicate flavor of orange and almonds and prefer it without it. When I suggested to a man associated with the tourist office in Galicia that the tarta was a Jewish Passover cake, I was dragged to a television studio to tell it to all. The hosts thought the idea made sense. The Galician city of Coruña is on the Jewish tourist route, because of its synagogue and old Jewish quarter. Jews from Andalusia, who fled from the Berber Almohads' attempts to convert them in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries came to Galicia, where they planted grapevines and made wine. The cake is normally made in a wide cake or tart pan and so comes out low, but it is equally good as a thicker cake.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 pound (1 3/4 cups) blanched whole almonds
    • 6 large eggs, separated
    • 1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
    • Grated zest of 1 orange
    • Grated zest of 1 lemon
    • 4 drops almond extract
    • Confectioners' sugar for dusting

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 10
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 248 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 14 g 21.41%
    • Saturated Fat: 1 g 5.97%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 46 mg 15.19%
    • Sodium: 12 mg 0.52%
    • Calcium: 64 mg 6.36%
    • Potassium: 175 mg 4.99%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 5.66%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 29 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 10.11%
    • Sugar: 25 g
    • Protein: 6 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 3 g
    • Vitamin A 0.63%
    • Vitamin C 0.44%
    • Vitamin D 0.74%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat2
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs2
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total2 oz-eq

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