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Sise delle monache (or Tre monti) are a typical Abruzzo sweet produced in the town of Guardiagrele, in the province of Chieti.
It is a cake composed of two layers of sponge cake, filled with custard, with the shape of three protuberances.
The origin of the name is not sure: among the various legends, one wants that this expression derives from the behavior of some nuns of the monastery of the Clarisse of Guardiagrele, where they prepared the cakes, which inserted in the center of the chest a bump so as to make less obvious breasts.
More likely, the typical shape of this cake would refer to Gran Sasso d’Italia (2912 m a.s.l.), Majella (2793 m a.s.l.), and Sirente-Velino (2487 m a.s.l.) which are the three mountainous massifs of Abruzzo, the highest of the whole Apennine chain. This also justifies the name Tre Monti (three mountains), with which the cake is also known.