Recipe by Sarah Phillips © 2007 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
Amaretti are essentially gluten-free (gluten free) almond meringues (you can find them in many specialty food stores under the brand Amaretti di Saronno). I like to serve them with the recipe for Raspberry Pana Cotta or Panacotta.
Says Michael Recchiuti, “As a teenager, I worked at my dad's grocery market and one of my jobs was restocking shelves. That's how I was first introduced to the delicate Amaretti cookies wrapped in bright wrappers and packed into colorful tins. Legend has it that they were invented by a young Italian baker in the 18th century for the Cardinal of Milan. I learned how to make them from a woman named Carmella while I was working at her son' ’s pizzeria on South Street in Philadelphia. They go great with a shot of espresso, a scoop of gelato or even an afternoon tea.”
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