Sant Jordi’s cake

Hola and Happy Sant Jordi!

Some of you might be wondering who Sant Jordi is. April 23rd is Sant Jordi and it is one of my favorite days of the year. I simply love it because it is one of the most romantic days in Catalonia.

To understand what Sant Jordi means to me and to all of the Catalans,  I will start with the legend of Sant Jordi. Saint Jordi (St. George) is the patron Saint of Catalunya (Catalonia) and we celebrate him and commemorate his death on April 23rd, the day he died in the year 303 AD. The legend says that Saint Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess. Then subsequently picked a red rose for the princess, which had sprouted from a bush on the spot where the dragon’s red blood had spilled.

The tradition today is for a man to give a rose to a woman, and for the girl to give a book to the man. The book can be any book but the day is all about red roses.

On April 23rd, every street in every town in Catalunya is packed with stands selling roses and books. And it’s also the day that you will see “la senyera” (the Catalan flag) flying in the streets.

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It’s a beautiful day to enjoy with your significant other, simply walking the streets and enjoying the day. Even though I live in the US,  I still like to celebrate Sant Jordi, following the same traditions with my significant other.

When I think about Sant Jordi I don’t think about food, I think about love. I think about walking around Barcelona and enjoying the day. But of course,  there is a food tradition too. All the bakeries that day will prepare a special Sant Jordi’s bread or cake.
Sant Jordi’s bread is made with a dough containing sobrassada (a kind of sausage), cheese and walnuts. Cakes are also very popular on Sant Jordi. And that’s what I made for you today! The frosting is called Spanish yema quemada or yema pastel era (burned egg yolk).

Ingredients:

Frosting:

– 3 eggs

– 1/2 cup sugar

Start by making the frosting first. Whisk the 3 eggs with the sugar. Pour the mixture into a sauce pan and heat on medium. Stir constantly until it gets thick. The whole process should take about 15 minutes. Once the mixture is thick enough, pour it into a bowl and let it cool. When it’s at room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.

Cake:

– 3 eggs

– 1 yogurt (4 or 6oz)

– 12 dry ounces all propose flour

– 8 dry ounces granulated sugar

– 3 ounces of vegetable or canola oil

– 1 ounce olive oil

– 1 tablespoon baking powder

– 1/2 lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 375F. I used the KitchenAid but you can use a whisk or another utensil.

Whisk the eggs for 1 minute on high speed. Reduce the speed to medium and add the yogurt, zest and oil. Whisk for about a minute. Add the sugar, flour and baking powder and whisk for about 4 minutes. The batter should be  a medium consistency not too liquidy and not too thick. If it is too thick, I would add a splash of milk.

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Transfer to a mold and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick to make sure the cake is done before removing it from the oven.
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Let it cool down on a rack first, then you can frost it.  Wait about 15 minutes to let the frosting set, then use your torch to create a blackened look.

You can then decorate as much or as little as you want. And it’s done!

The cake is also very good with powder sugar sprinkle on top.
Bon profit and Feliç Sant Jordi!
Sant Jordi’s cake

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Ivette

Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

4 thoughts on “Sant Jordi’s cake

  1. Realment quina ambaixadora que té la nostra terra!!!! Aquest pastís és espectacular!!! mmm…Bona diada de St. Jordi!!!!

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