Torta de Santiago

Torta de Santiago (in Galician) or Tarta de Santiago (in Spanish), literally meaning cake of St. James, is an almond cake from Galicia with its origin in the Middle Ages. The filling principally consists of ground almonds, eggs, and sugar, with additional flavoring of lemon zest, sweet wine, brandy, or grape pomace, depending on the recipe used. It is a round shape and its top is decorated with powdered sugar masked by an imprint of the cruz de Santiago (Cross of Saint James) which gives the pastry its name.

In May 2010, the European Union gave Tarta de Santiago PGI status within Europe. To qualify, the cake must be made in the Autonomous Community of Galicia and contain at least 33% almonds, excluding the base.

It was the sweet chosen to represent Spain in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union on Europe Day 2006.

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