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Oct 20, 2012 07:13 AM

What to do with Amaretto?

I still have a bottle of amaretto after making tiramisu. What can I make with this liqueur, either savory or dessert? Some amaretto-based dessert recipes I've found call for almond extract, which I'm unable to get here.

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    1. re: Mother of four

      Oh, no no no! Up in a snifter, with a coffee :)

    2. Last Thanksgiving, I made a ricotta pie with Amaretto (actually, Frangelico in my case, but same effect) and slivered, toasted almonds. It was outstanding, mostly because the ricotta was so good (Lioni, from Union City NJ). I'd have to look at my notes, but I don't think there was anything in it but ricotta, egg, the liqueur, maybe a touch of sugar or honey, and the almonds on top.

      I'd have explored further uses if the other member of the household hadn't made Mother of four's recipe above so often...

      1. Cookies, cakes, pies, fruit salads, as a crust on lamb, roasting poultry, ....... millions of uses.

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        1. re: todao

          Add to biscotti or cheesecake recipes
          Throw some in your coffee.
          Splash over ice cream

        2. A yummy problem to have, and a fleeting one, in my case! An amaretto sour is my favorite dessert cocktail. I make them with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and soda water instead of bottled sour. It's the perfect sweet/sour combination.

          1. If you can't get almond extract, I think heating the amaretto enough to get rid of most or all of the alcohol would result in a close approximation of extract. Both are usually made from apricot kernels.

            Both almonds and amaretto go perfectly with stone fruits, to which almonds are closely related. Baked goods and fruit compotes using cherries, peaches, apricots, and plums are a natural match but almond is great with apples and pears, too. And coconut - ooh, mustn't forget coconut!