I’ve owned the Baking with Julia cookbook for several years now and I hate to say it but it’s been sadly underused. Not for any good reason – I think the variety of recipes is really impressive and they’re all very well explained. So although this isn’t the first recipe I’ve tried, it’s definitely going to be the start of me using this book to greater advantage.
I’ve always really liked amaretti cookies – I’ve used them as an ingredient for other desserts several times – but I’ve never really made them from scratch before. I was amazed how easy the recipe was – the hardest part for me was locating the almond paste because our local supermarket doesn’t stock it surprisingly.
Here’s a photo of the cookies ready to go into the oven:
Here’s one of the finished product:
The cookies were delicious with a much fresher taste than the ones I’ve bought in the past. I’m also a big fan of pine nuts so adding some on top before baking made these even better.
As an aside, these were served as dessert for an all Dorie Greenspan dinner that I made last night. I fixed two recipes from her Around My French Table cookbook for the main course – Chicken B’stilla and Pumpkin Stuffed With Everything Good. Both great recipes that I’d highly recommend.