This is a splendid cake. Pilgrims and tourists who visit the great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, where the relics of the apostle Saint James are believed to be buried, see the cake in the windows of every pastry shop and restaurant. When I suggested to a man associated with the tourist office in Galicia that it was a Jewish Passover cake, I was dragged to a television studio to tell it to all. The hosts thought the idea made sense. The Galician city of Coruña is on the Jewish tourist route, because of its synagogue and old Jewish quarter. Jews from Andalusia, who fled from the Berber Almohads’ attempts to convert them in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, came to Galicia, where they planted grapevines and made wine.
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Good flavor, but I was a little disappointed in the texture. Perhaps I need to grind the almonds into a flour next time.
Waooo! tasty almond cake. Really delicious.
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