225g/8oz/2 cups ground almonds
225g/8oz/1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
2 medium (US large) egg whites
½ tsp almond extract
a few drops of amaretto liqueur (optional)
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Line two baking sheets with rice paper.
2 Mix together the ground almonds and sugar. Beat in the egg whites, almond extract and amaretto (if using).
3 Using a teaspoon, drop small heaps of the mixture on to the paper, leaving plenty of room for the amaretti to spread out during cooking.
4 Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until pale golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and remove the rice paper from around the amaretti before serving.