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Amaretti Morbidi

Asked by Monika Schulz. Answered on 20th June 2013

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I have several packets of Amaretti Morbidi that I bought from an Italian place. I was wondering if you have any recipies using for them? Maybe a sponge like base for an Italian-style trifle?

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There are two types of amaretti cookies - the regular, crisp type and the softer morbidi type ("morbidi" means "soft"). The morbidi cookies are quite similar to soft almond macaroons.

The regular type of amaretti tend to be more frequently used in recipes as they provide crunch and texture. However Nigella uses amaretti morbidi in her Amaretto Syllabub recipe from Nigella Express. The soft amaretti are crumbled into glasses and topped with cream that has been whipped with amaretto, giving a trifle-like effect. Extra amaretti morbidi are served on the side.

Strawberries and almonds go very well together and you could also probably use the cookies in Nigella's Strawberry and Almond Crumble from Kitchen. Instead of ground almonds in the filling you could crumble up some of the cookies and mix them with the strawberries. You could also add some crumbled up some cookies into the topping.

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