So what did I do with all those left over egg whites from the Challah?
I made these soft amaretti of course. Just getting in practice for Christmas I tell myself, plus I can offer them to Choclette for her cooking event, we should cocoa.
These are based on the ones that Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial introduced me to last year and they are incredibly popular with everyone who the recipe has been shared with. Are they that easy to make? Yes! Patrick’s four-year old made them last weekend so what are you waiting for?
So I hope these are acceptable Choclette! All I can say is that they are really expensive in the shops in their fancy tins and if you know someone who is a nut fan then this is a winner every time!
- 250 grams ground almonds
- 200 grams ground hazelnuts
- 50 grams ground pistachio nuts
- 4 egg whites
- 400 grams sugar
- 1/2 tsp of amaretto di saronno (optional but good)
Chocolate for dipping and drizzling
- 100 grams of 85% dark chocolate (Fair Trade Co op)
- 50 grams of milk choc chips (not sure where they came from)
- Grind up any nuts that you might need for this.
- Hazelnuts with their skins on are good. I used up the last of the ones I foraged a few weeks ago plus a few more that I bought and added some pistachio nuts and some ground almonds too.
- Mix with the sugar and the egg whites till you have a nice sticky solid mass.
- Put some baking parchment on baking trays.
- Spoon out the mixture into blobs if you like blobs.
- If you want high little macaroons then you need to wet your hands and roll the mixture into proper balls. Today I went for mostly blobs and a couple of little ones.
- Heat the oven to 160 C. Put in oven and bake until the tops start to crack a little or until the edges of the blobs start to turn a little brown. Anywhere from 12 minutes to half an hour depending on how big you have made them. They should be soft when you take them out.
- Break up your chocolate into small pieces and put in a pyrex bowl. Keep back about 30 per cent of the chocolate in small pieces. Microwave on high in short 20 second bursts till it is melted. Stir in between each burst. Once it is melted, add the chocolate you kept back and allow to melt at room temperature. If it really won’t go then give it another 10 seconds in the microwave.
At this point your husband tells you to drizzle the chocolate with a knife – as you don’t know what he is talking about, you ask him to do it. So he does. He also demonstrates how to half dip a biscuit. As there was a tiny bit of chocolate left over we dug out a silicon chocolate mould and put some marshmallows in the holes and poured the last bit of chocolate over them and made chocolate buttons. No wasting chocolate in this house!