For those of you who had not tried them before they are Italian biscuits made with ground almonds. It’s a macaroon kind of biscuit that originates in region Saronno that is famous for its famous liquor. As the main ingredient is ground almonds it tastes a lot like marzipan. So if you like flavour of either marzipan or Disaronno this is a perfect recipe for you. Amaretti come in 2 kinds hard and soft. This post is all about amaretti morbidi which means soft. In Italy they are normally served in restaurants on a side of coffee. Thy are just perfect with a nice double espresso as the sweetness and velvety texture goes perfectly with sharpness bitterness of coffee.
What’s best about this recipe is that it’s really easy and we do not use any fat to make them. I am not saying this is a diet biscuit but out of 2 evils (fat and sugar) we only use one!! So technically you can have two instead of one.
- 200g of ground almond
- 2 tablespoons of plain flour
- 2 egg whites
- 200g of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of almond flavour
- Pinch of salt
- Icing sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 160C. Mix the ground almonds, sugar and flour together.
- In a clean bowl beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt. Whisk until soft peaks then fold in the dry ingredients mixture and almond flavouring. Knead until the dough is firm.
- Dust your hands woth some icing sugar and form small balls. I normally use a Mellon baller to make sure they are all even.Bake for about 20 minutes until you will see small cracks on the top.