Wednesday, February 13, 2013

You had me at Spumoni...but then you lost me when you started adding all that extra crap.

Italians love a good layered dessert. Spumoni, Tiramisu, Neapolitan ice cream, and those cookies with a thousand names (Rainbow, Tri-color, Seven Layer, Italian Flag, etc.) But how many layers is too many layers? I fancy myself a baker, and in the unending battle of trial and error and error and error, I've learned that more is not always more. Three is the optimum, absolute limit. Any more than that and your treat starts looking like that Jersey girl at your friend's wedding that accessorized one sparkly headband too far.  CHOCOLATE/CHERRY/PISTACHIO done. CAKE LAYER/FILLING/CAKE LAYER done. CHOCOLATE/VANILLA/STRAWBERRY done. If you're that Jersey girl, you're doing two cake layers, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, pistachio, AND cherry. Now you're a hot mess. We Capogiroans are cool as cucumbers, and we know when to stop. Our Valentine's (or any day really) tartufi are 3 layers of perfect. Feast your eyes upon these beauties...

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