Wednesday, December 10, 2014

bianchini alle mandorle

ALMOND MERINGUES
bianchini di mandorle
While I was driving to work this morning, the radio was playing, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas ... that voice, oh that voice was so warm and engaging! My Christmas mood was switched right on at 7:00 am and I’ve been humming that song all day long, but the climate in Rome is moderate, birds seem to be undecided whether to migrate or not and we still have leaves on trees. There’s a chill out today, enough to have me wear my leather gloves, but snow? I don’t see that happening and I doubt I’ll be seeing a white Christmas around here. 


For now, the closest I can get to white may be these clouds of goodness.  Which, by the way, are perfect for an edible Christmas gift.  

Enjoy!
bianchini di mandorle
ALMOND MERINGUES

6 egg whites
pinch of salt
350gr raw sugar
200g rtoasted almonds roughly chopped
lemon zest 

In a stand mixer, whisk egg whites and salt, slowly add the sugar one spoonful at a time until stiff peaks form.  Fold in the the lemon zest and roughly chopped almonds.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and with the help of two spoons, scoop some of the mixture and let it fall on the tray.  Leave some space between each meringue. 

Bake in a preheated oven at 100°C for 2 hours.  They store well up to two weeks in a tin.

5 comments:

  1. I love meringues. I am the only one in my family who loves them so I don't make them very often. Yours look perfect. When my sister and I were little my aunts in Rome used to take me to Pasticceria Marinari, near the house, to buy giant meringues. They were drizzled with chocolate and sandwiched together with panna. Heaven! Thank you for the reminder and the Christmas inspiration.

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    1. I must admit I'm not a huge meringue lover but I find that these bianchini with the almonds and lemon hint balance the sweetness perfectly. They're definately a great treat this year around.

      I need to go to that pasticceria you mention!

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  2. Hai presente quei giorni in cui senti già da subito che sarà una di quelle giornate no?! Ecco. Oggi è una giornata di quelle lì : è caduto e s'è rotto il telefono; non ho un orologio che funziona "...tanto a che serve, vedo l'ora dal telefono..."; ho un noiosissimo corso di aggiornamento che durerà l'intero pomeriggio; raffreddore; tosse; febbre forse e... aiuto!!! Se sopravvivo è un miracolo :-) Passa l'intera ciotola, avrò bisogno di tante meringhe!!! Un abbraccio grande... che dico grande, di più! A distanza però, si sa mai faccio ammalare anche te :-)

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    1. Bella mia...io sto peggio di te :)

      Qui ci vuole la curcuma, una bella tazzone di latte di mandorle, curcuma, zenzero, pepe, cannella. Domani stai una bomba! Un abbraccione (sempre a distanze pero') :*

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    2. Ciao Elvira, volevo farti gli auguri per un bellissimo Natale, strapieno di cose belle e buone da mangiare :-) Un abbraccio!!

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