Chocolate Amaretti Recipe

Chocolate Amaretti Recipe

Ingredients : Makes 24

150 g

115 g

15 ml

30 ml

2

 

5 ml

Blanched, toasted whole almonds

Caster sugar

Unsweetened cocoa powder

Icing sugar

Egg whites

Pinch of cream of tartar

Almond essence

Flaked almonds, to decorate

Method :
  • Preheat the oven to 160oC/325oF/Gas 3. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper or foil. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the toasted almonds with half the sugar until they are finely ground but non oily.
  • Transfer to a bowl and sift in the cocoa and icing sugar, stir to blend. Set aside.
  • Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle in the remaining sugar 15 ml at a time, beating well after each addition, and continue beating until the whites are glossy and stiff. Beat in the almond essence.
  • Sprinkle over the almond mixture and gently fold into the egg whites until just blended. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a plain 1cm nozzle. Pipe 4cm rounds, 2.5cm apart, on the baking sheet. Press a flaked almond in the centre of each.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until they appear crisp.
  • Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  • With a metal palette knife, remove the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely

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