recipe has been reproduced with the kind permission
of Anna Maria Volpi who has published her own
book entitled The
Timeless Art of Italian Cuisine. You can find
out more about the book and how to order a copy from
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Maria Volpi began her culinary education in her native
Italy. While still a youngster, she learned how to prepare
the traditional Roman dishes by her father, and Sicilian
cuisine from her mother.
early experiences inspired in her a deep love of Italian
cooking. In a time when eating and cooking habits seem
to change frequently, Anna Maria has dedicated herself
to the rediscovery and preservation of authentic regional
cooking through the study of its history and traditions,
and by sharing her knowledge and skills with others.
has taught traditional Italian home cooking in Los Angeles
for more than ten years through group lessons, private
classes, and special events. She is also an acclaimed
guest instructor for the Williams-Sonoma chain of gourmet
food and cooking stores, including their popular site
in Beverly Hills, California.
you try some of Anna Marias recipes, you will
understand why her friends and family in Italy nicknamed
her dolce forno (sweet oven) for her incomparable baking
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oz (500 gr) whole almonds, blanched
11 oz (300 gr) sugar
rind of 1 lemon, grated
3 egg whites
3-4 drops bitter almond extract
oven to 350°F (175°C).
the almonds in a food processor fitted with the metal
blade. Run the blade until the almonds are ground.
the sugar and continue to run the blade until the
mixture is reduced to a very fine paste. Transfer
to a bowl.
the egg whites until forming peaks. Add the egg whites
to the almond paste, mixing thoroughly with a spatula.
the grated lemon rind and the bitter almond extract.
a cookie sheet or flat oven pan with parchment paper.
small balls the size of a walnut, place them on the
pan approximately 2 (5 cm) apart.
a kitchen towel, and pat lightly the top of the cookies,
to make them smooth.
for about 25 minutes or until light golden color.
Anna Maria Volpi