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Tarta de Santiago: Galician Almond Tart

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Tarta de Santiago, also known as Galician Almond Tart, is slightly sweet with a hint of citrus. You’ll love this traditional Spanish dessert!

Plated Tarta de Santiago with a slice in the background

Friends, it has been a minute, hasn’t it?

Life has a way of flying by. Sometimes when you’re having fun, sometimes when you’re just holding on for dear life. Most of the time, it’s some combination of the two.

If you follow me on Instagram (and you should if you like a hefty dose of snark in your Instagram stories), you know that this year has been full of ups and downs.

Slice of Tarta de Santiago dusted with powdered sugar

For a while in the thick of it, I forgot to get into the kitchen. I forgot what it feels like to turn on the oven and bake peanut butter cake or cranberry nut bread just for the fun of it.

And then one evening I remembered this recipe for Tarta de Santiago, or Galician Almond Tart. The next day I dug up the recipe, ran to the store for almond flour, and started baking.

Not for any particular reason. Just because I wanted to.

Did it solve all of the problems in the world? No. But did my stress melt away, if only for a couple of hours? Sure did.

And with the first bite of Tarta de Santiago, I was transported back to Spain, back to simpler times, and back to a time when I remembered to bake simply for the love of it.

Slice of Galician Almond Tart dusted with powdered sugar

WHAT IS TARTA DE SANTIAGO?

Tarta de Santiago, also known as Galician Almond Tart or St. James’ Tart, is a traditional Spanish dessert from the region of Galicia.

The tart consists of a filling made from ground almonds, eggs, sugar, lemon zest and just a pinch of cinnamon. Once the baked tart is cooled, it is dusted with powdered sugar before serving.

Baked tarta de santiago on a marble surface

If we are being really traditional, a cutout of the cross of St. James is placed on top of the tart before dusting it with powdered sugar.

Having skipped this step, I can promise you that your Galician Almond Tart will taste just as delicious with or without the imprint on top.

Slice of Galician Almond Tart on a white plate

TARTA DE SANTIAGO RECIPE

This recipe for Tarta de Santiago starts out with a crust that reminds me quite a bit of a sugar cookie. Honestly, if you’ve ever been intimidated by pie crust, this is much easier and more fool-proof.

While the dough for the crust is chilling, whip together the filling.

You might be tempted not to whip the eggs and sugar together for the full 3-4 minutes, but please don’t skip this step. It’s crucial in getting the cake-like texture that Tarta de Santiago is known for!

Plated slices of Galician Almond Tart dusted with powdered sugar

The crust gets rolled out, placed in a tart pan or springform pan, and filled with the almond mixture. Everything gets baked to golden brown perfection, cooled, and topped with powdered sugar.

Like all things Spanish, this recipe requires shockingly few ingredients and yet yields a tart that tastes incredibly complex. A perfectly sweet crust, a hint of lemon, a nuttiness from the almonds; it is everything you could possibly want.

Slice of Tarta de Santiago on a white plate

Yield: one 9- or 10-inch tart

Tarta de Santiago

Slice of Galician Almond Tart on a white plate

Tarta de Santiago, also known as Galician Almond Tart, is slightly sweet with a hint of citrus. You'll love this traditional Spanish dessert!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

For the filling:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch tart pan or 9-inch spring-form pan.
  2. For the pastry: In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Slowly mix in flour until dough comes together. If dough appears too dry, add a little milk. Form into a ball; wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Beat together the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes or until creamy, lightened in color, and doubled in size. Gently fold in the lemon zest, ground almonds and cinnamon.
  4. On a floured work surface, roll out pastry dough until it is about 1 inch larger than the pan on all sides. Place pastry into pan, trimming edges as needed so the pastry comes about 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Prick all over with a fork and spoon in filling, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Allow tart to cool in the pan. Once cool, transfer to a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Amount Per Serving Calories 473Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 118mgSodium 152mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 3gSugar 37gProtein 8g
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Sophia White

Monday 23rd of September 2019

That's very nice!

Martin

Friday 10th of February 2012

Me gusta, muy bonito!

Faith @ For the Health of It

Tuesday 29th of November 2011

Yikes, that does sound like a crazy Thanksgiving! Glad it all turned out alright though...and with an awesome dessert recipe to boot! That looks so fancy, but you make it sound so simple.

Donna-Davitto Macy

Monday 28th of November 2011

Looks good Stephie, I don't do pies, but I might try this. BTW, I hear birthday wishes are in order so.... Happy Birthday!!!