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Noni's Taralli

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"Classic Italian biscuit recipe passed down from my great grandmother (nona) to my grandmother (noni) to my dad and now to me. These are savory taralli, you can also add cracked black pepper to taste if desired."
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5 h 5 m servings 26
Original recipe yields 200 servings (200 taralli)


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  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a bowl.
  2. Combine flour, wine, oil, fennel seeds, and salt in a large stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Knead on low speed. Add yeast mixture slowly. Continue to mix until a smooth ball is formed and dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove dough from the bowl; knead into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
  5. Cut the dough into 2-inch cross sections; roll into 1/2-inch-diameter "tubes." Cut tubes lengthwise into 1/4-inch cross sections. Roll each from the center out; fold ends over one another.
  6. Boil taralli in the hot water in groups of 10 until they rise to the top, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon. Continue with remaining taralli. Let dry for 4 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place dried taralli onto baking sheets.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven, flipping as needed, until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make sure to use baking-specific olive oil, do not use cooking wine, and do not use self-rising flour.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 26 calories; 1 3.4 0.5 0 53 Full nutrition

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Taralli, or, as we called them in my extended Vaccarelli family, "Tadads" are part of our family identity. Funny how something so small as breadsticks in a brown paper bag from your grandmother...

Recipe yields good biscuits but recipe owner should know that Nona is feminine singular... None is feminine plural... Noni is masculine plural while Nono is masculine singular. Gotta get that s...