Santiago de Compostela in Galicia is famous for being an important destination for religious pilgrims. Most recently actor Martin Sheen made a film called "The Way" in which the stunning architecture of Santiago, and the sheer beauty of Galicia, is there for all to see. But Galicia does not just specialise in empanadas, seafood, white wine, cheese or tasty meat. It also has its own pudding. Santiago de Compostela gives its name to the almond dish called Tarta de Santiago. It is a delightful, light dessert that is relatively easy to make.


For the pastry
  • 200 grams of flour
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Flour for rolling out
  • Butter for greasing
  • Confectioners' sugar for dredging
  • 75 grams of sugar
  • 100 grams of butter
  • 1 egg
For the filling
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 grams of sugar
  • Peel of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 250 grams of almonds


Knead a short pastry with the flour, sugar, butter and egg. Add a little milk if required.
Form a ball, wrap in foil and leave to stand in the fridge for 30 minutes. For the filling, beat together the eggs and sugar until creamy. Fold in the lemon rind, ground almonds and cinnamon. Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface. Line a greased, loose bottomed pan with the pastry. Prick it all over with a fork. Spoon the filling on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 Celsius or gas mark 4 for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Leave the almond tart to cool in the pan. Once it is cool, transfer it to a serving plate and dredge with confectioners' sugar before serving.