Do you love to indulge when you go on holiday? For many, it’s the perfect opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth! Because there are so many delicious typical desserts from Galicia, we whittled it down to our favorite five!
1. Santiago’s Iconic Tarta de Santiago
You can’t walk through the historic center of Santiago without trying a sample of the tarta de Santiago. Galician recipes are simple but tasty, and this cake is no exception! The main ingredients are ground almonds, eggs, butter and sugar. Additional ingredients might include a splash of Galician liqueur or a pinch of cinnamon. Local bakers decorate this cake with a stencil of the Cross of St. James and powdered sugar. Pastelería Mercedes Mora invented this special finish for the cake, and it’s our favorite place to eat it!
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Want to try a delicious tarta de Santiago in the city? Come on a Hidden Santiago Food & Market Adventure with us to taste the city’s absolute best!
2. The Galician Filloa
Who doesn’t love pancakes? Large and thin, Galician pancakes are similar to French crepes. They’re usually filled with pastry cream, a drizzle of local honey or nothing at all, and you an enjoy them warm from the griddle or cold! They’re most popular around Carnival time in the month of February.
Nothing beats a piece of cake with a warm cup of coffee! Bica is a local sponge cake made of flour, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and sometimes butter. Many locals enjoy this dessert during festivities and celebrations. Though it originally hails from Ourense, you can now find this delicious cake all throughout the region.
Insider’s Tip: Do you want to try the best bica available and celebrate it with other like-minded folk? Don’t miss the Fiesta de la Bica in Trives, which takes place annually on the last Sunday of July.
4. Galician Cheesecake
This Galician version of cheesecake, or tarta de requesón, is a typical dessert in all corners of Galicia. The traditional recipe includes yogurt, requesón (a by-product of cheese-making; smooth, creamy and delicious!), eggs, flour and sugar. Galicians serve this cake cold and topped with a generous drizzle of honey.
5. Galician Doughnuts
Find tiny melindre donuts all over Galicia. Unlike most doughnuts, these are baked rather than fried. Bakers all over Galicia will add their own special twist with things like ground almonds, honey, aniseed, or even chocolate! The recipe for this typical dessert from Galicia always includes egg yolks, flour, butter and a bath of sugar syrup. We can confirm all varieties of this little piece of heaven are delicious!
Why not try the best of the sweet and savory on our Hidden Santiago Food and Market Tour? You’ll enjoy Santiago’s iconic tarta, Galician seafood, Spanish tortilla, freshly baked empanada and so much more!
Let us show you the best places to eat, drink and have fun in Santiago! Not only will you see cultural and historical sites, but you’ll also visit the local bustling local market, too. Get ready to taste our way through the medieval streets of the city!