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

prep:
40 mins
cook:
55 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 taralli
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2020
Made these for an Italian wine tasting, two days ahead of time, and kept them in a paper bag; they kept just fine and were still crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The recipe made about 36 taralli. I added just a bit of fennel seed (1/2 tsp), and it flavored the entire batch quite a bit. I also dipped half of them in grated Parmesan after boiling, but we could not taste the cheese after baking. The taralli tend to be somewhat flavorless, which is actually good for a wine tasting... I had to turn up the oven to get them to brown properly after the recommended temp (350 in a regular oven) -- they spent an extra 7 minutes at convection 345 degrees, which did the trick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2020
Made these for an Italian wine tasting, two days ahead of time, and kept them in a paper bag; they kept just fine and were still crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The recipe made about 36 taralli. I added just a bit of fennel seed (1/2 tsp), and it flavored the entire batch quite a bit. I also dipped half of them in grated Parmesan after boiling, but we could not taste the cheese after baking. The taralli tend to be somewhat flavorless, which is actually good for a wine tasting... I had to turn up the oven to get them to brown properly after the recommended temp (350 in a regular oven) -- they spent an extra 7 minutes at convection 345 degrees, which did the trick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2020
fluffy, light .. nice snack Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2020
Fabulous recipe. I added dried rosemary and they were out of this world. Just like in Puglia! Read More
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