Italian pastries and cakes are often overlooked but are among the best in the world. Here's a short guide to some of our favorites.

Italian pastries and cakes are often overlooked but are among the best in the world. Here's a short guide to some of our favorites.

Sfogliatelle (Italian Flaky Pastry with Citron Ricotta Filling). alternate here: http://turosdolci.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/sfogliatelle-or-canolli-the-ultimate-italian-pastry/ or here: http://www.onebitemore.com/2012/04/guest-post-phuocn-delicious/

Sfogliatelle (Italian Flaky Pastry with Citron Ricotta Filling). alternate here: http://turosdolci.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/sfogliatelle-or-canolli-the-ultimate-italian-pastry/ or here: http://www.onebitemore.com/2012/04/guest-post-phuocn-delicious/

Italian Pastry Cream, an easy Italian vanilla cream filling recipe, the perfect filling for any tarts, pies or cakes.  A simple delicious Italian classic.|anitalianinmykitchen.com

Italian Pastry Cream, an easy Italian vanilla cream filling recipe, the perfect filling for any tarts, pies or cakes. A simple delicious Italian classic.|anitalianinmykitchen.com

Salvatore Elefante's traditional sfogliatelle recipe has the characteristic many-layered seashell shape of the classic Neapolitan pastry, along with the rich semolina and ricotta filling. These Italian pastries are often known as 'lobster tails' in reference to their shape.

Salvatore Elefante's traditional sfogliatelle recipe has the characteristic many-layered seashell shape of the classic Neapolitan pastry, along with the rich semolina and ricotta filling. These Italian pastries are often known as 'lobster tails' in reference to their shape.

Italian Pizzele Waffle Cookies // Pizzelles are traditional Italian waffle cookies often vanilla, anise, or lemon zest. Pizzelle are popular during holidays and often found alongside other traditional Italian pastries such as cannoli. The cookie dough or

Italian Pizzele Waffle Cookies // Pizzelles are traditional Italian waffle cookies often vanilla, anise, or lemon zest. Pizzelle are popular during holidays and often found alongside other traditional Italian pastries such as cannoli. The cookie dough or

Cannoli~~Perfectly crisp shell and deliciously creamy filling. Just like the ones from Italian bakeries.

Cannoli~~Perfectly crisp shell and deliciously creamy filling. Just like the ones from Italian bakeries.

STRUFFOLI : TRADITIONAL ITALIAN PASTRY Lovely little balls of fried dough are dipped in honey, and piled into a mound. Sprinkled with powdered sugar, or tiny little candy sprinkles, this is a Christmas favorite, but served anytime.

STRUFFOLI : TRADITIONAL ITALIAN PASTRY Lovely little balls of fried dough are dipped in honey, and piled into a mound. Sprinkled with powdered sugar, or tiny little candy sprinkles, this is a Christmas favorite, but served anytime.

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