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Tarta de Santiago

"Gordita makes a splendid version of the Galician almond cake Tarta de Santiago, with its dramatic design. Would you please publish the recipe?"
Michael MacDermott, Taringa, Qld

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You'll need

750 ml canned sweetened condensed milk 4 eggs 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar 175 gm softened butter 100 gm (1/3 cup) plain flour ½ tsp baking powder 250 gm almond meal Finely grated rind of 1 lemon To dust: icing sugar


  • 01
  • For dulce de leche, preheat oven to 220C. Pour condensed milk into a 6-cup baking dish, cover with foil and place in a large roasting pan. Fill pan with water until halfway up the sides. Bake until milk is dark golden (1¾ hours), topping up water as necessary. Remove and whisk dulce de leche until smooth. Dulce de leche will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Whisk eggs and sugar until pale (7-10 minutes), add butter, flour, baking powder and 125ml chilled water and beat until combined (3-5 minutes). Stir in almond meal and lemon rind. Pour into a buttered, lightly floured 20cm-diameter spring-form cake tin and bake until golden and a skewer withdraws clean (45-50 minutes). Cool in tin for 20 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 03
  • Once cooled, dust heavily with icing sugar (using stencil if desired), slice and serve with warm dulce de leche. Cake will keep, stored in an airtight container, for 3 days, but is best eaten on the day of making.

Note Traditionally, this cake is decorated with the Cross of St James stencilled in icing sugar. 

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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Jun 2014

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