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Simple and Sweet Greatness: Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese (photo by Francesca Bruzzese)

As much as I ate and enjoyed Italian food when I was younger, I lived with the idea that American desserts were superior to Italian ones. Sure, Italians had cannoli and gelato, but those were nothing compared to raspberry topped cheesecakes, towering chocolate layer cakes and fudgy brownies. There were very rarely surprises and creativity in Italian desserts as far as I could see. The Italian restaurants I went to offered the same list of desserts (panna cotta, tiramisu, the occasional profiterole), and I was slightly disappointed when offered the usual cantuccio or two with coffee after lunch at my ...

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