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Panforte di Siena

Panforte di Siena is a specialty of that Tuscan town, a chewy-gooey confection that tastes like Christmas even if you’ve never set foot in Italy: sweet spices and honey, candied citrus, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts. On the books as … Continue reading

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Plum Walnut Cake

This is a quiet little cake, a simple one-layer affair with a buttery, coarse-grained crumb from almond meal and walnuts, moistened with tart-sweet plums. It comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Kitchen Diaries, a year-in-the-life chronicle of an affable … Continue reading

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Fresh Fig Tart

Figs first arrived in California by way of the Mediterranean, cultivated by Franciscan missionaries along the Camino Real (“Royal Road”, in Spanish), a 600-mile thoroughfare that linked the missions, pueblos and presidios. These days, El Camino Real bears more Silicon … Continue reading

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Pasta Frolla

Pasta frolla is Italy’s take on sweet shortcrust dough, with a tender, crumbly texture that’s closer to a sandy cookie or shortbread than the flaky crusts of American-style fruit pies or French pâte brisée. It’s a breeze to prepare in … Continue reading

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Berry Cobbler

For something like 40 years, my grandparents hosted a neighborhood barbecue on the Fourth of July. The party was a multi-generational affair, with gangs of little kids running around, and my father or an uncle manning the grill. There’d be … Continue reading

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Sweet Cherry Tart

Nothing beats a bowl of fresh-picked cherries all on their own, but I’ll put this tart solidly in second place. With its crisp, cookie-like almond crust and jammy fruit filling, it’s an unfussy dessert that tastes simply of sweet cherries … Continue reading

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Birthday Cake

Happy birthday, little blog: Scarpetta Dolcetto turns one year old today! I’ve been on something of a birthday roll this week (yours truly turned 29 again on Monday): dinner out with family, celebratory mint juleps one night and one of … Continue reading

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Meyer Lemon Cream

Are you ready for springtime yet? We’re nearly there, dear reader, and I have just the thing to hold you over: the Meyer lemon. Meyers are a cross between a conventional lemon and (depending on who you ask) either a … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Truffles

I don’t want to rain on anybody’s heart-shaped parade out there, but I have something to admit: I loathe really don’t care for Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday that makes single people feel lousy (shame on you, singletons, for wallowing … Continue reading

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Classic Brownies

Brownies can be baked in a million variations, and I think I may have met them all: cakey, fudgey, frosted, out of a box, made from scratch, some with nuts, some without. Caramel-swirled, cherry-studded, creme de menthed and cheesecaked. But … Continue reading

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