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Marbecks’ orange and apricot amaretti
370g almond meal
210g caster sugar plus 40g for meringue
2 oranges finely zested
160g dried apricots diced
115g egg whites
icing sugar for rolling
Rub orange zest into first measure of sugar with your hands to release the oils into the sugar.
Add almond meal and apricots and mix to combine. Set aside.
Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites.
Whisk whites until they start to foam and sprinkle in the second measure of sugar while continuing to whisk until soft peaks form.
Gently fold egg whites into the dry ingredients until just combined.
Portion the mixture into about 70g balls and roll into 10cm logs.
Bake at 170degC fanbake for 20-25 minutes.
Roll in icing sugar.
Recipe provided by Marbecks and requested by Rosemary McGregor.
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