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Almond Anise Plum Torte, a rustic treat for early fall

There’s something about turning on the oven when the weather first turns cold. It’s like digging your favorite sweater out of the back of the closet and putting it on and remembering, for the first time in months, the sensation of coziness. This almond anise plum torte is delightfully cozy. It’s simple and rustic and …

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