Amaretti

Step by step recipe:

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    Prepare the amaretti mixture



    Weigh out 300 g caster sugar. Set aside.
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    Weigh out 350 g ground almonds. Set aside.
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    Beat 4 egg whites. Halfway through, while still beating, add 2 tablespoonsful taken from the 300 g caster sugar.
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    When the egg whites are fully beaten and glossy, reduce the speed slightly and gradually add the rest of the sugar.
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    When all the sugar is mixed in, stop beating and tip in the ground almonds, all in one go, with 3 drops bitter almond essence.
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    Fold in gently with a soft spatula...
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    ...until evenly mixed. Do not mix for too long as there is no need to mix really thoroughly.
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    Form the amaretti


    Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

    Make the amaretti straight onto a sheet of cooking parchment laid on a baking sheet. It is best to pipe them, using a forcing bag, but you can shape them with 2 teaspoons instead; the shape will just be less regular.
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    If your amaretti have points on the top, you can smooth these down with a teaspoon dipped in milk.
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    Dust with icing sugar if desired.
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    Cook the amaretti

    Bake for about 40 minutes, until the amaretti are just beginning to take on a creamy colour.

Remarks:

It is tempting to mix the ground almonds into the meringue with the whisk, but don't do it, or the meringue will collapse completely. Fold them in gently with a soft spatula.

And to drink?

To stay with the Italian mood, an espresso or a shot of grappa.

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