La dolce vita – “the sweet life”
Italian food is probably top on my favourite food list. I’m a more savoury person, so I’m a natural fan of all the ragu, pasta, steaks, fish dishes. However, this amaretti cookie has won me over BIG time. One of my besties back in Australia is currently on a major baking crusade. She’s pretty into it, trying out different recipes and I’m sure her hubby’s appreciating every single slice of her efforts. Lucky, lucky dude.
C shared this very simple recipe for Amaretti with me a few months back. I decided to give it a shot as it’s ultra easy and requires very few ingredients. The recipe called for vanilla essence and whole blanched almonds which I didn’t have in my pantry! (Tsk tsk) So I subbed them for a vanilla pod (even better right?) and almond flakes. I’m pleased to say both substitutes worked out really, really well.
I can’t believe how such a simple recipe can yield such amazing cookies. Four key ingredients – almond meal, egg whites, caster sugar and vanilla. Mix them all together, ball them up, top with almonds and bake for 15 -18 minutes in a moderate oven. The original recipe makes 70 cookies but I cut it down using 300g almond meal, 230g caster sugar and 3 egg whites (medium sized eggs).
The cookies were slightly crisp on the outside and chewily moist on the inside. I love, love, love chewy cookies. I loved how it’s not sickeningly sweet as a lot of soft cookies tend to be. They were light enough that one could inhale several cookies in one go…accompanied with a nice, aromatic cup of espresso. Perfect start for an indulgent Easter weekend. Ahh…la dolce vita indeed.