All About Amaretti

Since history and cooking are inextricably linked, discovering a recipe’s origins is always fascinating, and no exception applies to the common amaretti biscuit. These tasty biscotti with an almond flavor have a long history because they were allegedly created for the first time in the Middle Ages. They have gained popularity for being such a comforting snack. This article discusses Amaretti.

History of Amaretti

Given how beautifully sweet the cookies are, the full name, which translates to “little bitter things,” seems ironic now. Amaretti are strongly flavored with a hint of bitter almonds or apricot kernels alongside egg whites and sugar. They come in a variety of flavors, including soft and chewy. However,  the most well-known variety of amaretti is cherished for its crisp and airy texture. 

The “Amaretti di Saronno” is known and regarded as the original rendition and is frequently referred to as macaron. This crispy amaretto di Saronno originated from the same Lombardian town and was commercialized by the Lazzaroni family. Although amaretti are now regarded and frequently referred to as the original amaretti, they can also be manufactured as either dry and crispy or soft and chewed. 

Tricks To Try

The traditional Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno biscuits come in pairs and are wrapped in very thin patterned paper. Many religious Amaretti lovers have made it a custom to burn the wrappers so they float when they are burned. To do this, the paper should be folded into a long cylinder and placed on your dessert plate with the top lit. When it reaches the bottom, it will burn till it rises into the air swiftly yet gently. Because the paper is so thin, the entire procedure doesn’t even produce any ashes, however, exercise caution and have an adult monitor this activity. 

How To Make Amaretti

Amaretti are easy snacks that require fewer ingredients to complete. They are healthy and tasty and are perfect family snacks. Here is what you need to start: 2 large zested lemons, caster sugar, ground almond, egg whites, almond liqueur, such as amaretto, although optional, icing sugar.

Begin by using your fingertips to rub half of the lemon zest into the caster sugar in a basin until the mixture resembles moist sand. The powdered almonds should be mixed with the remaining lemon sugar after you have set aside 2 tablespoons of it. Then, place the egg whites in a sizable, thoroughly clean basin and whisk for three to five minutes or until stiff peaks form. To help stabilize the egg, gradually whisk in the 2 tbsp of lemon sugar that was set aside.

When you have a smooth paste, combine the dry ingredients with half of the beaten egg whites and the almond liqueur (if used). Then, gently fold in the remaining egg whites until they are just combined. Rest for one hour. Set the oven’s temperature to 190°F/170°F and line two sizable baking pans with parchment paper. You can easily make 15 evenly-sized balls by rolling tablespoons of cold dough.

Roll the balls in the remaining lemon zest-infused icing sugar, then space them 2 cm apart on the prepared pans. Sprinkle a little extra regular icing sugar, then bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until soft but faintly brown. After cooling on the trays for 10 minutes, move them to a wire rack to finish cooling. This batch of Amaretto will last up to 10 days in an airtight container. We recommend you sprinkle it with extra icing sugar before serving.

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