Amaretti of Modena

Amaretti of Modena


  • 200g of ground almonds
  • 200g of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 medium egg whites
  • icing sugar, to dust

Preheat an oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Place the ground almonds, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and mix together. Stir in the egg whites, vanilla essence and Amaretto, mixing until you have a thick paste. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag, then snip a 1.5cm hole at the end. Pipe even blobs, around 2.5cm in diameter, onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Using a damp pastry brush, dab each blob to get a smooth top, then dust with icing sugar. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the biscuits are cracked and pale gold. Leave to cool a little then dust with more icing sugar.

Recipe by Great Italian Chefs