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Sobao or sobao pasiego is a Spanish delicacy typical of the Valles Pasiegos and one of the signature delicacies of Cantabria. The sobao pasiego possesses Geographical indication since 2004.[1][2]

Alternative namesSobao pasiego
Place of originSpain
Region or stateValles Pasiegos
Main ingredientsSugar, butter, flour, eggs, salt, lemon zest, rum or anise liquor, dry yeast


In the first primitive recipes, the ingredients comprise simple bread dough, white sugar and butter. The ancient recipe of sobao pasiego also adds two eggs, lemon zest and anise liquor or rum. The modern sobao was developed in 1896, when the personal cook of the famous doctor Enrique Diego-Madrazo (known as Madrazo), Eusebia Hernández Martín substituted the bread dough for flour.[1]


The recipe includes one kilo of sugar, one of butter, 900 grams of flour, 12 eggs, a pinch of salt, lemon zest, a spoon of rum or anise liquor and a bit of dry yeast. The butter and sugar are mixed together, then salt and lemon are added under continuous stirring. One by one the eggs are added with the spoonful of liquor and finally, flour and yeast are incorporated. As soon as all ingredients are thoroughly mixed the dough is ready, filled into a baking dish and baked in the oven.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Sobaos from Cantabria". Recetas caseras con fotos paso a paso de El Invitado de Invierno. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  2. ^ "Sobao Pasiego cake". Eatglobe. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  3. ^ TURESPAÑA (2007-04-23). "Recipe for Sobaos pasiegos from Spain: Recipes from Cantabria | in english". Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  4. ^ "Sobaos Pasiegos Recipe". The Spruce. Retrieved 2017-06-22.