traditional Italian Amaretti biscuits

These little biscuits are so tasty, especially if you are a fan of almond or Italy. When we had our trip to Sorrento we tasted real Italian coffee and it came with these cute little biscuits. When we got home to England, coffee wasn't the same without these by its side.

Luckily we was able to get them from a local supermarket but they aren't cheap nor are they fresh. I thought to myself "If they tasted this good from a package, how good must they be when freshly made?" Just like our Sorrento style limoncello, we set out to make our own amaretti.

Ingredients

  • Butter for greasing
  • Egg whites (4)
  • Caster sugar (350g)
  • Ground almond (350g)
  • Amaretto liqueur (30ml)

Method

  • Start by preheating your oven to gas mark 4 (180c), then line a baking tray with baking paper, and lightly grease it with butter.
  • Next you will need to whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until it is stiff and firm.
  • You could whisk it by hand but it will take quite a while so if you do have an electric whisk, I highly recommend using it.
  • Gently mix in the sugar and almonds, then pour in the amaretto liquor and fold in carefully to make a smooth paste. Use a teaspoon to place small heaps of the mixture onto the lined tray. Space them around 5cm apart to give them room to expand.
  • Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for 15 minutes until golden brown. You can eat these warm of place them on a rack to crisp up and go firm. Serve your amaretti with coffee, ice cream or eat them on there own. These will store well in a sealed container and will keep for up to a week.

If you don't fancy making these yet and want to try them for the first time, you can buy amaretti online.

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