A few weeks ago I blogged about the fantastic Almond and Chocolate Chunk Biscotti from Arden & Amici. I've since become well and truly hooked on them. They are just perfect with a fresh cup of coffee. Yes, I'm a complete coffee addict too. I decided to try these Soft Amaretti from Waitrose for £2.19 as an alternative to the delicious biscotti. Amaretti are small almond biscuits with a lovely light texture on the inside and slightly chewy outer layer, no wonder they are often described as Italian macaroons.
As soon as I opened the inner packaging I could smell the intense almond scent. I wish my photos had some kind of smell-o-vision so that I could share the strong aroma of the sweet almond. The flavour itself lives up to the powerful scent, this almond really packs a punch. Apparently "Amaretti" is Italian for ‘little bitter things’, hence Amaretti biscuits are traditionally made using bitter almonds. The result is a biscuit that is sweet but with a distinct bite.
It turns out that the Soft Amaretti are also the perfect accompaniment for coffee, the flavours of almond and intense espresso are sensational together. If you don't like coffee then Arden & Amici also have plenty of other suggestions for these Soft Amaretti such as crumbling them over a dessert or using them as a base for a trifle.
And on the subject of Arden & Amici I will be reviewing their complete range of gorgeous Italian Christmas products, from Pannetone to Ricciarelli, very soon.