St Jame’s Cake Recipe


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  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Total Time: 1 Hour


  • ½ lb (25 g) strong flour
  • 4½ oz (125 g) butter
  • ¾ lb (325 g) sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • knob of butter, for greasing
  • ½ lb (250 g) almonds (blanched)
  • ½ lemon zest
  • icing sugar, to serve
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Mix the flour, the butter, 125 g (4½oz) of the sugar, and one egg together to form the pastry. Let it rest for 20 minutes, then put into a 22 cm-(8½in) diameter baking tin pre-greased with butter, and bake blind in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Grind the almonds, and mix this almond meal with the remaining two eggs, rest of the sugar and the zest of half a lemon.
  4. Put the almond mixture in the pastry case, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. When cooked, leave to cool, then decorate with a liberal dusting of icing sugar.

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