Thursday, June 28, 2012

Amaretti cookies


Grace's sweet life is a book full of delicious homemade Italian dessert recipes written by Canadian blogger Grace Massa Langlois.  She writes regular posts on her site La Mia Vita Dolce My sweet life.  Grace has an Italian background and has learned her cooking knowledge from her mom.  With her children's support, she started sharing her love for food with the world.

All the basics are in the beginning of the book with tips and explanations.  Grace has put in different types of variations that exist on the recipes.  Some of the basics are pastry cream, chantilly cream, sweetened whipped cream, ricotta cream, Italian meringue, egg foam base for semifreddo and mousse, sweet pastry doughty, pie dough, croissants, hazelnut praline, puff pastry and choux pastry.

The book has delicious Italian cake and cheesecake recipes.  Some cakes require the yeast for cake with vanilla (Lievito Vaniglinato) and liquor, so I couldn't try most of the cakes.  I will be looking for the yeast soon :)  I would have liked if there were suggestions of what ingredients we can be substitute to replace the liquor, as I don't use it.
The cute mini dessert section has six fabulous looking detailed recipes.  I tried the soft amaretti cookies from the cookies and confections section.  The recipe in the book makes six dozen cookies so I reduced the ingredients to make one third of the recipe.
Here is the original recipe from the book
3 eggs
1 1/3 cup superfine sugar (I pulsed granulated sugar)
4 1/2 cups less 1/2 tbsp almond meal (blanched almonds dried then finely ground)
confectioners sugar for rolling (I didn't do this part)
silver dragées for decorating (I didn't use this)

Separate the eggs in to two bowls.  Let the egg yolk and egg white come to room temperature, leave it covered with plastic wrap for 1/2 hour before whisking.
With a whisk beat egg yolks then add the sugar and whisk until the sugar is combined.  Add the ground almond meal and whisk till combined, don't over mix.
With a clean whisk beat the egg whites to barely a soft peak, this is very important don't overbeat.
Fold one third of the egg whites into the almond mixture then fold the rest and combine don't over mix.
Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for about 1 hour or overnight.  
Bake in a preheated 325F oven on a baking mat.  Roll the cookie dough into 1 tbsp balls.  Roll the balls in icing sugar and place a sliver dragée if using in the center.  Don't flatten the cookies.  Bake 20 cookies per sheet for 25 to 30 minutes rotating the baking sheet halfway through.  Place the baking mat on a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool for two minutes.   Using a spatula transfer the cookies on to the wire rack to let it cool completely.

The pies and tart recipes in the book are presented beautifully.  The pastries and fried desserts such as Sicilian cannoli, honey balls, profiteroles and many more are in a different section.  The creams, custards, mousses and soufflés section is full of colourful desserts.  Some desserts require gelatine.  The recipes in the frozen and fruit desserts section will be enjoyed during this heat.
I am bookmarking the almond tarts recipe to make soon :)  Grace's sweet life book is available for sale on Amazon, Chapters and other bookstores.


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43 comments:

  1. Amaretti cookies looks very cute and perfect...

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  2. Amaretti cookies looks crunchy and yummy. Perfect for a cup of tea.

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  3. Their flavouring is so delicious!!
    Have a nice day

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  4. They look so cute and crunchy...

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  5. A very new recipe..looks delicious

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  6. Look really nice with such a beautiful color

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  7. These cute cookies are well presented

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  8. perfect cookie recipe. soft at the center and crunchy on the outside. love this.

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  9. Perfectly done. So yummy and crunchy.

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  10. Those cookies looks fabulous,super nutty and yummy.

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  11. Yummy cookies..liked the way u presented it :)

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  12. These cookies look really delicious. As usual - your photographs are amazing.

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  13. Love amaretti cookies. These look wonderful.

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  14. Crunchy, delish & perfectly baked coookies!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  15. Very delicious cookies, they look so perfect..

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  16. perfect and yummy cookies...nice presentation..
    Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

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  17. Delicious cookies...love it!

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  18. Que ricas estas galletas de almendra, que pena estar tan lejos, para poder probar una, besos

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  19. These cookies looked delicious and beautiful! Blessings, Catherine

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  20. Your cookies look delicious! And I didn't know Grace had a cookbook...I'll have to check it out :)

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  21. Amaretti cookies looks delicious and I love these kind of cookies for my tea.

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  22. Amaretti cookies looks delicious and I love these kind of cookies for my tea.

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  23. Terrific recipe for cookies. I need to make some for a wedding shower. These look perfect!

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  24. This sounds like a great cookbook and mega delicious cookies! I love amarettis.

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  25. Wow these look yum. Would love them with my coffee.

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  26. Akheela, I just love your amaretti cookies, so crunchy, and super yummy!

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  27. These cookies look so delicious.

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  28. esalaamu aleikoum Akheela I just love these cookies and now i know how to make them!

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  29. Yummy n crunchy cookies, looks perfect.

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  30. It has that delicate crispy texture that is lovely with a cup of tea. Give me 2 bags of those please..:0

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  31. Scrumptious little cookies! I'll wager these go great with a cup of piping hot coffee or dark tea. Adorable presentation as well..!

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  32. Great cookies!!! Love how there is no butter :)

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  33. Wow, those look great packed into the little take-out carton!

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  34. These are absolutely gorgeous. I must try these.

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  35. Damn cute cookies, looks so crispy n yum...

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