Tips To Make Amaretti Biscuits Coles Simple

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Craving a delightful and slightly sweet treat? Look no further than Amaretti biscuits! These light and airy almond cookies are a classic Italian dessert that’s perfect for dunking in coffee, tea, or even a sweet dessert wine.

This guide dives deep into the world of Amaretti biscuits, exploring their history, the secrets to achieving their signature texture, and of course, a simple recipe you can try at home using ingredients readily available at Coles.

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A Touch of History: The Origins of Amaretti

Amaretti’s exact origin story remains a bit of a mystery, with several Italian regions claiming the birthright of these delightful cookies. Some believe they originated in Saronno, near Milan, around the 18th century. Others claim the town of Sassello in Liguria perfected the recipe much earlier. Regardless of their birthplace, Amaretti quickly rose in popularity throughout Italy and beyond.

The name “Amaretto” translates to “little bitter” in Italian, a reference to the subtle bitterness of the almond extract or liqueur often used in the recipe. However, the Amaretti biscuits themselves are not particularly bitter. They offer a delicate sweetness with a distinct almond flavor that makes them truly irresistible.

The Key Ingredient: Almonds

Almonds are the heart and soul of Amaretti biscuits. Traditionally, the recipe used leftover marzipan, a sweet almond paste. Today, most recipes call for a combination of ground almonds and almond flour. Coles offers a variety of almond options, including blanched whole almonds, almond meal, and almond flour.

For the most authentic texture, using a combination of ground almonds and almond flour is recommended. The ground almonds provide a slight crunch, while the almond flour creates a light and airy texture.

The Coles Shopping List for Amaretti Biscuits:

Here’s what you’ll need to pick up from Coles to whip up a batch of delicious Amaretti biscuits:

1 cup (100g) blanched almond meal

  • ½ cup (50g) finely ground almonds
  • 1 cup (130g) icing sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

  • Optional extras:

    ¼ cup (60ml) apricot jam

  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

  • Equipment:

    Mixing bowl

  • Electric mixer (handheld or stand mixer)
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Piping bag (optional)

  • Baking Up a Batch of Amaretti Bliss: Step-by-Step Directions

    1. Preheat your oven to 150°C (300°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Combine the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond meal, ground almonds, and icing sugar.

    3. Whip the egg whites. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

    4. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites. Use a spatula to carefully fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites in batches. Be gentle to avoid deflating the egg whites.

    5. Optional: Add a touch of almond extract. If you prefer a more pronounced almond flavor, stir in ½ teaspoon of almond extract at this stage.

    6. Shape the Amaretti. Here, you have two options:

    Spoon method: Use a spoon to drop rounded tablespoons of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie for spreading.

  • Piping bag method: For a more uniform shape, transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a plain round tip. Pipe small rounds of batter onto the baking sheet, leaving space for spreading.

  • 7. Dust with powdered sugar (optional). If you desire a light sugary crust, dust the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar using a fine-mesh sieve.

    8. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Bake the Amaretti biscuits in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and firm to the touch.

    9. Cool completely. Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack.

    Optional Apricot Glaze:

    1. In a small saucepan, combine apricot jam, icing sugar, and water. Heat gently over low heat, stirring until the mixture becomes smooth and syrupy.

    2. Once the Amaretti biscuits are cool, brush them lightly with the apricot glaze. Allow the glaze to set before serving.

    Nutritional Value of Amaretti Biscuits (per cookie)