Tarta de Santiago (Almond cake)
Makes one 9-inch round
This recipe produces a slightly different textured cake than Sergio Mendoza’s at Madrid European Bakery & Patisserie. His recipe is, understandably, proprietary. Finely ground almonds or almond meal is available at most supermarkets; look for Bob’s Red Mill brand (www.bobsredmill.com).
|Butter (for the pan)|
|1¼||cups granulated sugar|
|Grated rind of 1 lemon|
|Grated rind of 1 orange|
|¼||teaspoon pure almond extract|
|½||pound (about 2¼ cups) blanched almond meal (also called almond flour)|
|Confectioners’ sugar (for sprinkling)|
2. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs and granulated sugar on high speed for 5 minutes or until thickened and pale yellow. Beat in the lemon and orange rind and almond extract. With the mixer set on its lowest speed, beat in the almond meal and mix to blend. Pour the batter into the pan.
3. Bake the cake for 35 minutes or until it is golden, a little darker around the edge, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in the pan; unlatch the sides and lift off the ring. Use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cake to a platter.
4. Sprinkle the top with confectioners’ sugar. Adapted from “The Food of Spain”