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March 18, 2011

Sobao Pasiego - Spanish Regional Pastry from Cantabria


In Spain it is called sobao pasiego. A Cantabrian butter sponge cake baked in a paper mold. I first tasted it one Summer when our  tour bus on our way to San Sebastian stopped by a small town to sample the pastry. It reminded me of the madeleine but it was sweeter and heavier with butter or lard. I liked it a lot but thought of making it with less sugar and butter. I had to learn how to make the paper mold for the authentic look. I use parchment paper for this. I sometimes make them at home a little lighter for breakfast or for snack. For every cup of flour I put 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of melted butter, 2 large eggs separated, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, some lemon rind, a tsp of rum or anisette and a pinch of salt. I add a little oil if the batter is too thick. I start off by beating together the butter, salt, lemon rind, rum and the sugar until light and creamy, gradually adding the yolks. I beat the egg whites until stiff then mix half of it carefully to the butter mixture and fold in the sifted flour with the baking powder and then the remaining egg white. I fill the mold 3/4 full and bake in a 350F oven for 15 minutes or until golden.


The distinctive flavor of this treat is the lemon rind and rum or anisette but you can also add a drop of vanilla extract if you wish.

I love to eat them with a glass of cold milk.

Enjoy!



22 comments:

  1. The cake looks so fluffy and delicious! I specially like the individual paper molds, are these origami?

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  2. hi, i like the way you fit them in those paper moulds, it also resembles the cakes from those very old bakeries, yes, authentic and nostalgic!

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  3. Wery good !!!
    Ciao Michelangelo un saluto dai viaggiatori golosi !!!

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  4. That satisfies all the senses. Including the appetite.

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  5. Delicious moist cake, Love the paper mold, Love it

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  6. I came to know and I love your blog. Her recipes are great. Congratulations. If you want to see me be very welcome.

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  7. This looks fantastic and the lemon and anisette has got me well and truly hooked :-) Diane

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  8. Wow, today you have posted a very delicious and special sponge cake.
    Lovely flavours and shape.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

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  9. Te han quedado deliciosos. Buen fin de semana

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  10. Excelent!! I have just discobered your blog and I want to send you my sincere congratulations, You have a very interesting blog and very good pots with a wonderful images!!
    It has been a pleasure to be here.
    Best regards from Madrid,
    Julia

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  11. What a wonderful sobao.....I have to make them!!....they look so yummy!!........Abrazotes, Marcela

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  12. For some reason I only read your comment on my blog; now. :( Sorry about that but thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed your visit in Vienna before.

    Those sobao looks great after siesta...

    -ViennaDaily

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  13. That looks so yummy, thanks for sharing:)

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  14. Y están deliciosos! a mí me vuelven loca soy capaz de comerme 5 sin pensarlo. Te han quedado auténticos.
    Un beso.

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  15. They look exactly like the real ones! Great molds!

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  16. Delicioso para tomar con un café con leche!!
    Besos

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  17. Loved the texture of the cake...moist n perfect. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe :)


    US Masala

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  18. Another clever idea! Origami boxes as molds! I'm going to do that ... brilliant!

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  19. ¡Ideal para el desayuno! Te quedaron geniales

    Abrazos

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  20. I have never had this...sounds and looks delightful, love the lemony flavor :)

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  21. Thank you for posting this! I'm baking one soon!

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