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What are some torta caprese recipes by Lidia Bastianich?

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As of 2015, Lidia Bastianich has only one torta caprese recipe, which is available exclusively in her cookbook "Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Everyone Can Master." However, she does have an almond torte recipe available on her website.

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To make Lidia Bastianich's almond torta with chocolate chips, start by whisking together 1 3/4 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in one bowl. In another bowl, cram together 10 ounces of butter and 1 cup of sugar, and then beat in 5 eggs, the zest of 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon of pure almond extract one ingredient at a time. Once the batter has a light texture, add in the flour mixture in two parts, alternating with 2 cups of almond flour until the mixture is just blended. Fold in 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, and pour the batter into a springform pan. Top the torte with 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, and bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

A recipe for torta caprese or chocolate almond torte from Epicurious calls for grinding together 7 ounces of blanched almonds and 6 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. Cream together 4 egg yolks with 1 cup of granulated sugar, and whip 4 egg whites into stiff peaks. Add the almond mixture along with 7/8 cup of melted butter to the egg yolk mixture, and then fold in the egg whites. Pour the batter into a cake pan, and bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.

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