Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Yakshemash - Polish Amaretti - Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!

Now playing: Korn - Blind
via FoxyTunes
(....Because I got this recording from my Polish friend Marchin, while working at The Clive.)


The next Christmas cookie is from, you guessed it, Poland. Polish Amaretti is served with a hot drink to friends that drop by, or in-between huge feasts. I really recommend this one and here is a link to the recipe:


"* 7 ounces sugar
* 2 large egg whites
* 7 ounces ground almonds
* 2 to 3 drops almond oil or 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
* Pinch cinnamon

1. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites until they are stiff. Gradually add half the sugar while continuing to whip. The meringue should be so stiff, you can cut it with a knife.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a separate large bowl, mix together the ground almonds with the rest of the sugar, almond oil and cinnamon. Stir in a dollop of meringue mixture to lighten the nut mixture. Then, gently fold in the remaining meringue mixture, trying not to deflate the volume.

3. Using a scoop, drop equal portions of cookie batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Bake about 15 minutes or until cookie bottoms are lightly brown and the tops are crackly. Cool completely on a wire rack."

The only thing I can add, is to dip a spoon in warm tap water (have a glass of warm tap water handy) and gently rub down rough edges with the back of the spoon, they turn out much nicer. Don't use too wet of a spoon!

The crockery is a previous birthday gift from Lucie. It is a pretty, blue, lidded bowl from Poland. These cookies are perfect for this bowl!

dziekuje -( jen-ku-je) Thank you!

The other Polish phrases I know from my co-workers at The Clive don't need to be on here. ;-)

This is dedicated to my friends Marchin and Joanna, also Jerek and Ella, wherever you are now. Rumour has it that both couples each have their first baby.


"The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin." -Jay Leno (Reminds me of a Scouser joke.)

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