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Taralli are crunchy little knots of snacking goodness. A specialty from the Puglia region, they are an unleavened crispy cross between a bagel, pretzel, and breadstick. These no-yeast, ring-shaped bread substitutes are perfect for your cheese boards, soups, or salads.

Recipe Summary

55 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 35 mins
40 mins
60 taralli


Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, oil, and wine in a stand mixer. Mix ingredients using the paddle attachment until a ball forms. Switch to the dough hook and knead dough for 10 minutes.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat and add the remaining salt. Spread a large, clean cloth out on a counter or table.

  • Pinch off a walnut-sized piece of dough once kneading has finished. Roll dough piece into a snake about 2 1/2 inches long. Form a tear drop shape, lightly pressing the two ends together to seal them into a ring. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Turn down the boiling water to a low boil. Drop taralli into the water a few at a time. Do not stir; they will sink at first, then begin to float. Remove floating taralli with a slotted spoon. Place them on the clean cloth and continue until all the taralli have boiled and are drained on the cloth. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake in the preheated oven until taralli are golden and firm on the outside, but still soft on the inside, about 40 minutes. Cool completely and rest for at least 1 hour before serving. Wrap with a clean cloth or place in a paper bag; store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Cook's Note:

If you have a scale or metric measuring cup, the weights/measures for this recipe are: 550 g all purpose flour, 200 g (or 180 ml) dry white wine, 120 g (or 175 ml) extra virgin olive oil, and 10 g fine sea salt (not iodized).

Nutrition Facts

57 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 6.4g; fat 2.8g; sodium 15mg. Full Nutrition