Catherine’s Christmas gifts on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

I had so much fun on the Ian Dempsey show on this morning and have been inundated with requests on unusual foodie gadgets and gifts, and of course for the recipe for amaretti  biscuits (see below).

Catherine and Ian

Catherine, her book and the fabulous Ian Dempsey on Friday’s Ian Dempsey Breakfast show, Todayfm.

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Apple peeler and corer

Apple peeler and corer

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Makes 40

Here’s another confession: when I first made these, I didn’t share – am I mean? They taste amazing, I couldn’t help it. Suffice it to say that I absolutely adore these homemade amaretti. They are a little softer than the shop-bought version, thus making it easier to eat more! Making these biscuits is a doddle and they will keep for up to 10 days. They are a great treat to serve after dinner with coffee.

4 egg whites

350g caster sugar

350g ground almonds

11/2 tbsp amaretto

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Line 1 large baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. In a large, spotlessly clean, dry mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Gently mix in the sugar, almonds and amaretto. Using a teaspoon, place small amounts of the mixture (about 2cm) onto the baking tray.
  3. Bake for 12–15 minutes, until a pale golden brown. Leave to set on the baking tray, as they are quite fragile at this stage although they will set as they cool.

Tip: Keep them very small, as they tend to spread in the oven.

Amaretti Biscuits

Amaretti Biscuits

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