Like all my books, Three Gold Coins is full of food. One of those foods is the delectable amaretti.
If like me you are gluten free, the amaretti biscuit seems to be heaven sent! It’s also a great one if you’re time poor or not very confident in the kitchen. It’s sweet and chewy, freezes well and is just perfect to accompany coffee and tea.
Here is my recipe for amaretti–so easy, so versatile, so yummy! Enjoy!
4 egg whites
350g caster sugar
300g blanched almond meal
50g almond meal (not blanched) **
(**Note: alternatively, use 350g of blanched almond meal in total.)
30mLs orange blossom water
Preheat your oven to 170 C.
Beat your egg whites with an electric beater until stiff.
Use a silicone spatula to fold in the dry ingredients, as well as the blossom water, until smooth.
Place small dollops of the dough onto two pre-greased and/or lined baking trays, leaving about a centimetre between biscuits.
Place a slivered almond in the centre of each biscuit.
Cook until golden brown, approximately 20 minutes.
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This is perfect for a sultry summer’s day. It’s a chilly iced tea that’s full to the brim with deliciousness.
2 heaped dessert spoons loose leaf Masala chai (or good quality teabags) (or use a spice chai with no black tea if you are caffeine free)
Sweetener (e.g. sugar or honey), if you choose
2 Tbs dried rose flowers (or petals), plus extra for serving
3 tsp rosewater
Fresh lime, optional (some people are not a fan of lime juice but I love it!)
Plenty of ice
Brew your chai: two heaped dessert spoons to one litre of water. Pour into a glass jug (or similar) that can go into the fridge.
Add your sweetener of choice (if using) and stir until dissolved. Allow it to cool until warm.
Add your dried rose flowers or petals and allow to steep in the fridge, 2-4 hours, then remove flowers/petals.
Add the rose water.
Now taste the brew. It will likely be very strong—it’s supposed to be! This will become your base brew.
Mix half quantity of brew to half quantity of water as a guide (but feel free to adjust to your taste).
Add freshly squeezed lime juice to taste (if using) and plenty of ice.
Top with either fresh (spray free!) rose petals from your garden or more dried flowers.
Tip: Use sparkling water here for extra pizazz. Note: You can buy edible rose flowers and petals online or in many organic/wholefood shops or from spice merchants. Rosewater can be bought off the shelf in your supermarket.