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Torta Quattro Quarti al Vin Santo

Torta quattro quarti in Italian, pound cake in English. Either way, this is one of my favorite cakes to make and to eat. There is something magical about a cake that rises so beautifully without added leavening, producing that deep golden brown, slightly crunchy crust and those dramatic cracks that allow a peek into the […]

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Two Cookbooks and a Lemon Cake

* * * * * * * UPDATE: The winner of Yogurt Culture (chosen randomly by my daughter) is Susan! Congratulations, Susan, you are going to love Cheryl’s book. Thanks to everyone for your comments. I enjoyed reading about your favorite cakes, and, as always, you’ve shared great suggestions and inspiration. * * * * […]

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Torta di Mele {Apple Cake}

It’s the weekend. Let’s have some┬ácake! Here’s a recipe for a classic(ish) Italian torta di mele ~ apple cake. Unlike American apple cake, which seems to me┬ámore of a spice cake with an afterthought of apples tossed in, this cake is about the apples. They make up most of the filling, bound by a small […]

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Mint Chocolate-Chip Cake from Sulmona

One day this cake did not exist in my world. The next it seemed to be everywhere, in one variation or another. A few weeks ago, my daughter and I and our friends Nancy and Michael of Abruzzo Presto had pranzo at La Locanda di Gino, in Sulmona. This restaurant is a gem. It opened […]

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A Mishap, a Cake, and a Midwinter Break

You may be familiar with that famous poem titled “Cut” by Sylvia Plath, the one that begins What a thrill — My thumb instead of an onion. Well, my dears, that was me a few days ago, except it was my index finger instead of my thumb. And winter squash puree instead of an onion. […]

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Cake/Walk

I take walks some mornings to clear my head. This morning as I started up the hill I was hit with the honey scent of a flowering tree. It took me right back to Via Fogliano, the cool, tree-lined street in Rome where my aunts lived and where I spent part of my summers as […]

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Pandoro: A Holiday Bread to Trifle With

Panettone, the sweet, yeasted domed Italian holiday bread studded with raisins and candied fruit, has legions of fans in Italy and around the globe. I, however, am partial to the other Italian holiday bread: Pandoro. Pandoro (the word means ‘golden bread’ in Italian) is a tall, star-shaped leavened sweet bread that is produced in Verona, […]

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