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Amaretto liqueur is wonderfully sweet on its own, but lends rich almond flavoring to baked goods and as a topping.
Amaretto is enjoyed as an after-dinner liqueur, but is also a preferred flavoring for many types of desserts. The distinctive almond taste comes from a brandy base that includes apricot pits and sometimes almonds, along with spices, and sugars.
The first Amaretto, which means “a little bitter,” was produced in Saronno, Italy. It is sold worldwide as DiSarronno Originale. There are many other brands from other countries that can be good for cooking. Similar products may be labeled “creme de almond” and are made with oil or extract.
As with many alcohol additives, middle-to-best brands will provide more robust flavoring.
Refrigerate after opening; it will keep for several weeks.
• A teaspoonful may be all that is needed to create a wonderful taste.