Italian Taralli - Perfect Snacks for the Holidays!

Taralli are moreish cracker snacks that are commonly eaten in southern Italy. They are somewhere between a breadstick and a pretzel, and can be made sweet or savoury. In this recipe they are made plain, but you could change it up with black pepper, onion flakes, garlic powder, sesame seeds or fennel, or add a sugar glaze prior to baking for a sweet version. Italians like to dunk them into wine, making them perfect for parties during the holiday season!

1 1/4 lb wheat flour
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 oz yeast (fresh)
1/2 tbs salt

Preparation method
Add the ingredients to a bowl and mix to form a dough (as if you were going to make bread). Cut the dough into chunks and roll each chunk into a 4 inch long stick that is about half an inch thick. Press the ends of the stick together so that you have something that looks like a little bagel. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes, covered with a damp cloth.

Meanwhile, boil a pan of water and, taking a few taralli at a time, place them in the hot water. You’ll see that they sink to the bottom of the pan – move the taralli gently with a spoon so that they don’t stick to the pan and keep boiling until they come to the surface. Remove the floating taralli and place them on a cloth to dry. Continue until you have boiled all the taralli and then place the dry taralli on a baking sheet and bake them at 190 °C (gas mark 5; 380 °F) for 35 min, turning mid-baking.

Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying! You could also make them a little bigger or smaller, depending on how you want to serve them.

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