SPAIN - read, eat, pray - ...... 1. TARTA SANTIAGO

my TARTA, just out of oven

I was reading a nice, joyful story (fiction) by BARBARA O’NEAL, 

 “THE GARDEN OF HAPPY ENDINGS”. 

It is about two next door high school friends, Joaquin and 

Elsa who just before they get married  decided to take two weeks  walking pilgrimage in Spain, called Camino de Santiago = the walk to St. James, walking  to the Cathedral Santiago, North of Spain. (SEE  HISTORY NOTE, at end). 

They came back, they didn’t get married but they brought recipes from Spain and the novel  brought the story of their lives….



A traditional TARTA DE SANTIAGO with St.James cross.



On the walk to Santiago cathedral,  they had many times 3 dishes, they loved so much, they put  THE RECIPES at the end of the book, from where I am bringing to you.


1. TARTA SANTIAGO (from Joaquin, the priest).

2. CALDO GALLEGO - hot white bean soup from Galicia,

                            (from Joaquin, the priest).

3. CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS (from  ELSA, the reverend). 



my NOTE: 

I  bake this tarte and my grandsons love it! I cut from recipe  the quantity of sugar in half and I put some whole almonds around, as a crown, instead of more sugar, powder sugar, on top. But  one can have the recipe as it is. 

The reason this is a good dessert for me is that has no white wheat flour, no any kind of cream and still it is a very good dessert. 

I have seen in Spain, going with our tour bus….. thousands of acres of almond trees, which in springs should be a wonderful place of white flowers, and bees, and sun. 


TARTA DE SANTIAGO ( from the end of Barbara O’Neal novel, The Garden of Happy Endings).

INGREDIENTS:


2 and  2/3 cups almond flour, fine

1 stick butter (R Temp)

4 eggs

1 and 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup water

zest from one lemon

Powdered sugar to decorate





DIRECTIONS:

HEAT OVEN 350F.
Grease a round 8” pan (add parchment paper, greased too).

Beat eggs and sugar, add butter and mix again.

Add flour, baking powder and beat and mix well.

Add water.

Stir almond flour into it.

Add lemon zest.

Poor batter into prepared cake pan.

Bake in oven at 350F, about 45-50 min.

Cake is done if a toothpick inserted into center of it, comes out clean.

CUT OUT A CROSS OF ST. JAMES ( a sword that looks out as a cross) from a piece of paper. Place the paper on the center of baked cake and dust with powdered sugar.





DIRECTIONS:


HEAT OVEN 350F


Grease a round 8” pan (add parchment paper, greased too).


Beat eggs and sugar, add butter and mix again.




Add flour, baking powder and beat and mix well.


Add water.


Stir almond flour into it.






Add lemon zest.


Pour batter into prepared cake pan.





Bake in oven at 350F, about 45-50 min.

Cake is done if a toothpick inserted into center of it, comes out clean.











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CUT OUT A CROSS OF ST. JAMES ( a sword that looks out as a cross) from a piece of paper. Place the paper on the center of baked cake and dust with powdered sugar.







NOTE: 

-HISTORY-

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/people/who-was-st-james-the-greater-what-is-the-way-of-st-james.html


Since the Middle Ages, people have walked from certain starting points across Europe to his tomb along pilgrimage routes that have become known as CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (translated from Spanish= the way to St. James).

Saint James the Greater was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and the brother of St. John the Evangelist (Mark 1:19-20).  , Along with the Apostle Peter, James and John were part of Jesus’ “inner circle,” witnessing key events that the other apostles did not witness. After James was martyred, legend places his remains in Spain, where they are supposedly enshrined in a cathedral known as the  CATHEDRAL OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. 

The  COMPOSTELA  is the document that certifies that a pilgrim has completed the Camino de Santiago. The Compostela is awarded by the Church authorities.



TARTA DE SANTIAGO ( from the end of Barbara O’Neal novel, The Garden of Happy Endings).



INGREDIENTS:


2 and  2/3 cups almond flour, fine

1 stick butter (R Temp)

4 eggs

1 and 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup water

zest from one lemon

Powdered sugar to decorate




DIRECTIONS:

HEAT OVEN 350F.
Grease a round 8” pan (add parchment paper, greased too).

Beat eggs and sugar, add butter and mix again.

Add flour, baking powder and beat and mix well.

Add water.

Stir almond flour into it.

Add lemon zest.

Poor batter into prepared cake pan.

Bake in oven at 350F, about 45-50 min.

Cake is done if a toothpick inserted into center of it, comes out clean.

CUT OUT A CROSS OF ST. JAMES ( a sword that looks out as a cross) from a piece of paper. Place the paper on the center of baked cake and dust with powdered sugar.




















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