Beautiful Almond Blossom and Amaretti Biscuits

18 Jan

You can tell that Spring is just around the corner when the almond trees start blossoming. All of a sudden from nothing and out of nowhere they are everywhere. Beautiful candy floss trees with their barely pink flowers brighten the landscape with hints of pink fairy dust….

 Each tree has its own personality and unique beauty….

Closer up the blossoms are white with fuchsia pink centres and the nut grows underneath it…

With all this inspiration I had to make something with almonds. Something delicate, beautiful & light to match the almond blossoms. These  biscuits are not strictly speaking ” Amaretti ” biscuits they are called Ricciarelli. A deliciously light, moist almondy biscuit from Siena, flavoured with orange zest. The lightness comes from them being made with ground almonds, sugar &  egg white. There is no flour or butter in this recipe…..

Ricciarelli (Almond Biscuits from Siena)

Adapted from  The Travelers Lunchbox  Recipe

Makes about 16, vegetarian

  • 150 gr ground almonds
  • 140 gr caster sugar
  • about 75 gr icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • the zest of  1 orange
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  •  about 1 tsp orange juice

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sieve the ground almonds into a bowl to get rid of any big lumps. Mix in the caster sugar, 50 gr of the icing sugar, the baking powder and orange zest until well combined. Beat the egg white in a clean bowl to soft peaks then stir it into the almond mixture. Mash everything with a wooden spoon, add the almond extract and the orange juice and mix it all together until you have an almondy paste like in this photo below.

Put the remaining icing sugar on a small plate (you may need more). Take out a small amount of the paste and roll it into a ball, in the palm of your hand, about the size of a walnut. Roll it slightly to form an oval (almond) shape and roll it in the icing sugar, flattening it out slightly. Put it on the lined baking sheet. Continue with the rest of the almond paste leaving enough room in between each one for them to spread a little.

Sieve over the rest of the icing sugar and leave at room temperature to dry out for about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C.  Bake for 30 minutes until lightly golden. They will still be meltingly soft in the middle. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving and store in an airtight container.

Serve after dinner with coffee or as an afternoon sweet treat..

These are the best almond biscuits I have ever tasted. Moist and chewy in the middle like a marzipan melting moment. They are really easy to make too. Everyone would be really impressed if you were to make these for a dinner party and they would also make lovely gifts. Just remember about the drying time of 2 hours, it may seem like a pain. I can’t stand waiting either, especially for these, but they are definitely worth the wait…..!

22 Responses to “Beautiful Almond Blossom and Amaretti Biscuits”

  1. Visda January 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.:-) although you don’t have portobello mushrooms in southern Spain now, you have those beautiful Almond tress already! We need to wait another four months for those here in California.:-)

  2. happywhennothungry January 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    Wow your Ricciarelli look amazing! I make these at Christmas, but I don’t dry mine out for 2 hours. I’m definitely going to try drying them out next time b/c mine did not come out as pretty as yours. They were really cracked, but they still tasted good. I love almond-based cookies too! Thanks for sharing!!

    • foodblogandthedog January 19, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      The original recipe said to dry for 2 – 3 hours but I’m too impatient! Now I know why, thanks.

  3. Medeja January 19, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Is it spring in Spain? So early ? Or is it usual?
    Anyway those biscuits looks great. No flour, no butter? They are great🙂

    • tiffany January 19, 2011 at 12:55 am #

      I’ve never seen an almond tree! SOOOOOOOOOO beautiful! As are your biscuits! And it’s definitely NOT spring here! You are lucky!🙂

    • foodblogandthedog January 19, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      It seems early to me, I’m sure there’s more rain to come, but at the moment I’m not complaining!!

  4. Tes January 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    I just love the pictures you shared. The blossoms are truely beautiful. Your biscuits look so amazing. I would love to try baking this for the after noon snacks, soon🙂

  5. Sandra January 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Beautiful recipe, cookies and photos are just stunning!!!

  6. summersher January 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Never heard of almond blossom, but if it’s anything like i’m imagining, I’ve got to get my hands on some! I love biscuits and scones… these loo divine!

    • foodblogandthedog January 20, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      You can’t cook with almond blossom unfortunately, I just used it for pretty decoration purposes!!

  7. tony ward January 20, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    will try to make these today……the photos are as wonderful as the biscotti

  8. Lindsay January 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    YUM!!! Definitely going on the “to make” list!!!

  9. Lindsay January 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    PS. Forget about you coming over to Toronto, I’m coming to you while you’ve got almond blossoms in season!!!😉

  10. Lindsey January 22, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Oh those beautiful views, can’t wait to sample some of these stunning wheat free biscuits. I’m sure I can’t wait till may! They are on my to do list. Coffee looks good too, hope that’s not decaf. Keep up the good work, I look forward to it… Xx

    • foodblogandthedog January 22, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      They are really easy and gorgeous with espresso (decaf!) I think they’d sell well too! Can’t wait to see you both, look after those chilblainesxx

  11. Lindsey February 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    OMG, wonderful! Finally found the time for these beauties. Worth the wait, I have some In a jar ready for Saturday customer reactions, oh what to call them? Not too many though, the rest are Definatley for us! Xx

    • foodblogandthedog February 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      So glad you like them! Hope the customers do too, the lucky people!! Can’t believe you got Miguel to go to the cinema the night of the Arsenal match, how did you manage it?!!

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