Amaretti cookies. Where have you been these past two decades? And how could I have strayed so far?
When I was in 6th grade, my parents took me and my brother Mike on our first trip overseas. To Italy. Though I was only 12, I have so many lovely memories of that trip: learning the difference between tortellini and tortelloni; my first taste of zucotto (amaretto and cream-filled cake, sold in plastic tubs); the Coppa Olimpica at Giolitti gelateria in Rome; my brother trying to order a hot cocoa at breakfast — in Italian — and receiving a Coca-Cola instead….
We also discovered Lazzaroni amaretti cookies, and for a few years after that trip my dad would buy a big red box around the holidays. Somewhere along the line, this tradition faded (to be replaced with panettone and eggs benedict — not such a bad trade). But when I tore open the bag of amaretti to begin this recipe, I was transported back to that first experience visiting Italy with my family. How can food do that? Unlock memories of times long-ago.
The cookies are just as good as I remember. And this chocolate amaretti torte –completely delicious in its own right — has given me all kinds of ideas about how to reintroduce amaretti cookies into my life: amaretti cookie pie crust; amaretti cookie ice cream; amaretti cookies crumbled into World Peace cookies.
Thanks so much to Dorie Greenspan for creating this divine chocolate cake recipe, and to Holly of PheMOMenon for selecting it this week (visit Holly’s site for the recipe). Now it’s time to check on Alitalia fares….