Pan di Spagna (pahn-dee SPAHN-ya)

Pan di spagna is a flourless, Italian sponge cake. Its name derives from pan de Espana, literally meaning “bread of Spain,” which points to the cakeʼs origins in pre-Inquisition Spain. When the Jews were expelled from Spain in the 15th century, they carried their sponge cake recipes throughout the continent, notably to Italy, where the cake is still known, in Italian, as pan di Spagna. The cake tends to be simply flavored with a bit of vanilla, lemon and sometimes dusted with confectionersʼ sugar.

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