Amaretti di Modena

Amaretti of Modena are traditional Modenese sweets, with a characteristic sweet-better taste. On the outside they are well cooked and crumbly, hiding inside a soft and fragrant dough. Amaretti come probably from Spilamberto, town in the province of Modena, where they were homemade prepared using recipes handed down from mothers to daughters. From the mid 1800 they began to be sold in the stores, first in the village and than in the city of Modena. They are usually eaten at the end of the meal with a glass of good wine, and for breakfast during Christmas and Carnival periods.


  • 700 g ground almonds
  • 400 g sugar
  • 300 gr egg whites
  • 30 ml amaretto liqueur

Roughly cut the almonds and in a large bowl, beat the egg whites until firm, adding the sugar during the whipping. Mix the sugar and the almonds gently into it. Add the amaretto liquor and fold it gently until you have a smooth paste. Place some greaseproof paper on a baking sheet lightly brushed with butter. Using a teaspoon, place small heaps of the mixture approximately 2cm apart, as they will expand whilst cooking. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown. Amaretti are excellent with whipped cream or Traditional Balsamic Vinegar.


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