Friday, 15 July 2016

Amaretti - Cookies/Biscuits

Amaretti are a wonderful Italian cookie or biscuit.  Almond in flavour with a crunch on the outside and a soft, chewy, centre.

I looked at several recipes and they came in various guises, but all were fairly straightforward to make.  I opted for a recipe on the BBC Food website, though with a couple of amendments.  The main one was to the length of cooking time, and the heat of the oven.  Since I prefer to cook with the fan on I reduced the temperature, but I wasn't confident that the biscuits were cooked enough, so I extended the cooking time.

For the recipe below I have adjusted the cooking time to match what I baked mine for.  It will make about 20 biscuits( I made 21).

The result was very pleasing indeed.  The wonderful flavour of almond, with a nice crunch on the outside and then the chewy centre.  These biscuits are very moreish, so be prepared to make a second batch as I am sure you will quickly eat a single batch.

I am off on holiday to Canada shortly, so this will be my last post for just over 3 weeks.  While in Canada I will be doing some baking with some of the family there and will film it to edit and post once I get home.  So I will be back with more then.

Amaretti

                                                 Amaretti - Video
Ingredients:
  • 340g ground almonds
  • 340g caster sugar
  • 4 medium egg whites(in USA this would be large)
  • 30ml of amaretto licqeur(you could use 5-10ml of almond extract instead)
  • Preserving, or pearl, sugar for sprinkling(optional)
Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/325 F
  2. Line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until they are quite stiff.
  4. Gently pour in the sugar and ground almonds and gently mix in until combined.
  5. Add the amaretto and, again, gently mix in.
  6. Take a heaped teaspoon, or a decent dessertspoon of mixture and roll into a ball and place on the baking sheet, leaving a couple of centimetres between each ball.
  7. Sprinkle the preserving sugar over the top if you wish.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the biscuits are slightly browned and they have started to crack.
  9. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cook before serving.


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