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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Amaretti al Caffé-Espresso Flavored Amaretti

Print Friendly and PDF Traditionally, a crisp cookie flavored with almond paste or ground almonds, this softer version of amaretti is flavored with brewed espresso and has a hint of crunch from the addition of ground Italian-roast espresso beans. In Italian, amaretti means "little" and "bitter" macaroons. The bitter flavor of the ground espresso is fleeting, then the coffee essence comes through loud and clear. A definite treat for espresso aficionados! Amaretti al Caffé is perfect for mid-morning snack with cappuccino or espresso, or as served here with a small glass of coffee liqueur.

Amaretti Al Caffé

7 ounces almond paste (See Note)
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon brewed espresso, cooled
1 tablespoon coarsely ground Italian-roast espresso beans
1 egg white

Butter or line a baking sheet with parchment.
Preheat oven to 300°F. In a food processor container with the steel blade attachment, place the almond paste and process until smooth, about 1-1/2 minutes. Add the brewed espresso, ground espresso beans and egg white. Blend until smooth. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch tip. Pipe 1 1/2-inch mounds 1 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges. Cool on racks. Makes about 15 amaretti.

Note-If you have leftover almond paste which I did, you can place it in a plastic bag and keep at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

7 comments:

Joshua said...

This looks very tasty and I love recipes with a short ingredient list - the proof that it was inspired Italian cooking; a few good ingredients assempled with love

Sally said...

Hi, what a beautiful blog you have! i made these amaretti biccies before, but I'd be ashamed to show you the blog post, yours look so pretty! Greetings from Ireland

Angela said...

These look wonderful. How do you make the almond paste?

Marlis said...

Wow! I will totally make this! Molto bene!

Carolyn Jung said...

I am soooo making this. I love any baked goods with almond paste. And espresso, too? Definitely seals the deal for me. ;)

Lynnylu said...

Thanks, Joshua-I love simple, but quality food, too. Sally, I'm sure your amaretti are lovely and taste wonderful. Angela, you can buy almond paste in the can. Marlis-you'll love it.

Stella said...

Beautiful, Lynnylu! I've never had this before, but I want one...

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