This recipe is one that I first tried back before Christmas when I was looking for a recipe for some nice little food treats as gifts for friends and family. They ended up being eaten by me and the kids as we liked them so much! If you like the taste, and smell, of almond, this is a recipe for you, I found this recipe on YouTube by the lovely Chiappa Sisters, Italian Welsh sisters who share some great recipes on their channel. So here is how I made them.
Start by separating the egg yolks and whites into two bowls. With the yolks, combine them with the caster sugar until lumpy and mixed together. Then weigh out the ground almonds, then incorporate them into the bowl also.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. You should now have a bowl of whipped whites, and a bowl of almond, egg and sugar.
Then you need to refrigerate the mixture for an hour to firm up. Once ready, form little balls with the mixture, ping pong ball sized is about right, but you can make them any size. They do spread out slightly in the oven, not too mush though, so you can fit plenty on a baking tray. Before putting them onto the tray, I rolled them in icing sugar. This gives them a great white look when cooked, and I love the cracking that forms over them once they are done.
You can find the Chiappa Sisters recipe here.