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Amaretti are probably one of my favourite of the festive biscuits, just because I adore amaretto, and all things almond flavoured. They are remarkably easy to make and if made just before the festive period you can give them away as gifts which will be gratefully recieved. With this in mind you may have to make a double or triple batch, as they may soon vanish after the tasting begins...
Theyre ideal as an after dinner coffee token, or with elevenses or afternoon tea. Or whenever you feel the craving...
340g/12oz ground almonds
340g/12oz caster sugar
4 eggs, whites only
30ml/1fl oz amaretto liquor
butter, for greasing
Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
In a large bowl beat the egg whites until firm.I reccomend using a light whisk for this as youll gain more speed and also more activity and air for the whites.
Mix in the almonds and sugar gently one spoonful at a time, with about 30 seconds gentle beating in between.
Add the amaretto in a steady stream, still gently beating.
Place some greaseproof paper on a baking sheet lightly brushed with butter.
You can use a teaspoon to deploy the mixture in small amounts onto the tray, but i reccomend using a small nozled piping bag- youll get a more consistent finish.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and devour.