Try making your own little Italian macaroons flavoured with Amaretto liqueur. Considering I ate most of them straight off the cooling rack it’s lucky that this recipe makes 30!
I am loving these cold, blustery evenings being lit by fairy light. There is something so cosy and comforting about sitting by the Christmas tree whilst the room is bathed in dim multi-coloured lights twinkling in a variety of different patterns and speeds.
Regular lighting is now just so boring! Would I look completely crazy if I light my house like this all year? Or would it also become rather standard and boring after a while…? Probably! I do have a tendency to get bored easily. I changed the colour of our bedroom 5 times since moving here and have relocated our fish pond twice…
At least changing the design in the house livens things up every now and then. I mean, who really wants to sit looking at the same coloured walls for years on end? I think the goldfish would agree with me too!
Changing things around a little when cooking can work really well too. Rocky road is a pretty standard albeit still delicious treat but when you throw in something slightly different, like the amaretti biscuits, you create something completely new and amazing!
Since making this delicious rocky road after I had bought some amaretti biscuits in the supermarket, I figured it would be easier (and cheaper) to just make my own almond enriched biscuits.
So that’s what I did, and wow! I am so glad I tried it. No more shop bought Amaretti for me! These are so much better.
The method is a little like making your own pavlova, whisking the egg whites until they form peaks and then carefully mixing in the rest of the ingredients. Chances are, fifteen minutes later you’ll be fanning these boozy bites, trying to get them to cool quicker or burning the roof of your mouth when you can’t wait any longer… or is that just me??
The only downside to these simple little biscuits is that they don’t look as amazing as they taste. I shall be treating my next batch to an edible glitter makeover in an effort to make them look a little more festive and interesting. I need to be restrained with the glitter, it’s too tempting to be sprinkling it over everything I cook otherwise… Now wouldn’t the turkey just look sooooo much better on Christmas day if I made it sparkly??? Change is good, right…..? Kidding!
- 3 Egg Whites
- 250g Caster Sugar
- 300g Ground Almonds
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
- 3 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur
- White the egg white until firm.
- Mix the sugar and ground almonds together and slowly add to the egg whites.
- Add the vanilla and amaretto and fold in gently to ensure you keep the air in the mixture.
- Using a teaspoon, place small balls of mixture onto a lined baking tray, leaving some room between each one to allow them to expand.
- Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 190 oc (170oc fan assisted).
- Allow to cool on a rack and dust with icing sugar for decoration.