Tarta de Santiago

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Tarta de Santiago
Tarta de Santiago-2009.jpg
Typical presentation with the Cross of the Order of Santiago
Alternative namesTorta de Santiago (in Galician)
Place of originSpain
Region or stateGalicia
Serving temperaturechilled/room temperature
Main ingredientsground almonds

Torta de Santiago (in Galician) or Tarta de Santiago (in Spanish), literally meaning cake of St. James, is an almond cake or pie from Galicia with origin in the Middle Ages and the Camino de Santiago.[1] The filling principally consists of ground almonds, eggs, and sugar, with additional flavouring of lemon zest, sweet wine, brandy, or grape marc, depending on the recipe used.[2]


The Galician for cake is tarta whilst it is often referred to torta, which is the Spanish word for it. It is a round shape and can be made with or without a base which can be either puff pastry or shortcrust pastry.[3]

The top of the pie is decorated with powdered sugar, masked by a silhouette of the Cross of Saint James (cruz de Santiago) which gives the pastry its name.[1] The origin of the cross being decorated on the cake dates to 1924 when the "Casa Mora" began to adorn the almond cakes with the silhouette.[4]

In May 2010, the EU 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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Tarta de Santiago". Baking Mad.
  2. ^ a b "Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 'Tarta de Santiago' |EC No: ES-PGI-0005-0616-03.07.2007". Official Journal of the European Union. 16 September 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Resolución de 3 de marzo de 2006, Indicación Geográfica Protegida «Tarta de Santiago»" (PDF). número 69 (in Spanish). Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado. 22 March 2006. pp. 11254–11255.
  4. ^ "Postres del Mundo. Galicia: La Tarta de Santiago". Viajar Y Celebrar (in Spanish). 8 August 2017.

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