The Obrador is born with a simple idea: bring authentic Spanish flavors to your table.
When you think about to Spain, what food comes to your mind first? Are you thinking about paella and sangria? Maybe churros too?
While paella, sangria, and churros are indeed traditional from Spain (and delicious) our cuisine is much more than that. Spain is a diverse country, with many languages, cultures and traditions alive. Each region has different cooking styles and uses different ingredients.
We are from Spain, and we love that you love Spain, that’s why we believe you deserve a genuine experience, and we want to bring you the original Spanish sabores.
We specialize in baked goods and we are thrilled to share the unique and scrumptious traditions from all over Spain. From Tarta de Santiago from Galicia to Tortas de aceite from Andalucia, we hope you can get to experience the real Spain on every bite.
We love churros, but we are more than churros.
Heart-baked from Spain
My name is Mariona, and I am the owner and baker behind The Obrador. My love story with sweets started as a kid, next to my iaia (grandmother). She was a fantastic cook, and she loved sweets. Her apple cake, now one of our star products, was (and still is), to me and my family, the best cake in the world. I never asked for a different cake for my birthday. The best memories are around my family and that tarta de poma (apple cake), so, sharing it now with all of you, and knowing that you enjoy it, makes me happier than ever.
But, back to the story…
While I’ve always had a special weakness for sweets, I had never imagined in my life that I would turn that into a business.
Trying to trace back to the beginnings, I believe it all started back in 2014 when I moved from Barcelona to Boston.
Many things changed drastically. I was in a new country, living with many very different cultures and lifestyles, and far from my close friends and family. While I was excited to be there and ready for the challenges, something unexpected happened that winter...
BASQUE BURNT CHEESECAKE
Origin: Basque Country (Northern Spain)
The burnt top, irregular shape, and creamy and oozy filling, make it one of the best cheesecakes you have ever tried.
The Basque Country is not specifically known for cheesecakes. However, this particular smooth and creamy cheesecake has been one of the most popular items in the menu at La Vina Restaurant in Donosti for many years. Hence, in Spain, it is known as the Basque cheesecake.
Not only we love the traditional one, but we also offer limited editions made with special Spanish cheeses such as Manchego, Idiazabal, and more!
Share it with friends or family, or enjoy it on your own.
You will be coming back for more.
TARTA DE SANTIAGO
Origin: Galicia (North-Western Spain)
Tarta de Santiago is a simple, yet delicate, almond cake made with only 3 ingredients (eggs, almonds, and sugar), and notes of lemon and cinnamon.
Naturally gluten and dairy free, this cake is very rich and moist. It will surprise your senses and will become your favorite treat with that afternoon hot coffee.
Its origin dates back to the XVI century although back then it was called “Torta Real” (Royal cake). So, where does the name “Tarta de Santiago” come from? Check out the full story here.
TARTA DE POMA
Origin: Grandma's home (Barcelona)
This apple cake is particularly special because it was THE cake my grandma used to make and delight the whole family.
Like many Spanish recipes, it is made with staple ingredients such as flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and many sweet apples.
My grandma left the recipe written as they were before (1 slice of butter, 6 spoons of sugar…) so it was truly a challenge to measure and balance the ingredients to find the perfect recipe like she used to make. My whole family participated in the testing (and tasting), and after many trials and errors, we figured out my perfect grandma’s tarta de poma.
The result? A ligh and moist cake packed with sweet apples, but not overly sweet. We cannot guarantee that you have leftovers for the next day.
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