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Almond Tuiles

Servings: Makes 3 dozen wafers
These almond-flavored wafer cookies are often served in elegant restaurants in Europe. The traditional name of this cookie is the French word for "tiles" because they are shaped like the curved terracotta roof tiles so prevalent along the Mediterranean.

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (1/2 stick + 1 tbsp/2 1/2 oz/68g) unsalted butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped

Combine sugar, egg whites, almond extract and salt in small bowl. Beat at medium speed until soft peaks form (1 to 2 minutes). Gradually beat in flour until smooth. Continue beating, adding butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until batter is smooth and well mixed. Cover; refrigerate 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.

Drop batter by teaspoonfuls at least 3 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Spread batter, using spatula and working in a circular motion, into 1 1/2-inch circles; sprinkle immediately with almonds. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Remove cookies from oven. Immediately press cookies over rolling pin or 12-ounce beverage can to form curved shape. Let cookies set until well formed and cooled slightly. Cool completely.

Makes 3 dozen wafers.

Date: July 13, 2004