Unfortunately those small peaces of pleasure and not made by me, but there were so delicious that I had to share this recipe with you!! Those Amaretti are amazing, their almond flavor and soft texture are just perfect for any occasion! It is really hard to resist...
- 400 g already grounded almonds. (if you can't find them you can ground them in a mixer)
- 1 teaspoon of bitter almond essence - optionally
- 400 g sugar
- 4 egg whites fresh
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 package of vanilla sugar (16g)
Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
Poor the almonds into a large mixing bowl add 300g of sugar, lemon zest and vanilla and almond extract, mix everything together.
In a separate mixing bowl beat the egg whites until you will get a white delicate foam. Gently mix the almonds with the foam until all the ingredients combine. Now using your hands you should be able to form small balls, approx. as large as walnuts. Dip every ball in the remaining sugar and place on the baking tin previously lined with baking paper. Don't put the amaretti too close to each other because they will stick.
Now put your amaretti to the oven and bake for about 15 min. The amaretti will be ready when you notice small cracks on the surface of every amaretti.