Taralli from Puglia

Makes About 2 Dozen

So many of you have asked for a taralli recipe. Taralli are a hard round biscuit shaped like a bagel, only in miniature size and come from the region of Puglia. Many versions of them are made including this one with chili powder but I also like to add anise seeds and coarse black pepper to mine. Fennel seeds are another option. The procedure requires two steps, a boiling step and a baking step. Serve these as an accompaniment to antipasto or for snacking with a glass of wine.


  • 11 ounces King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour (about 3 cups lightly spooned into measuring cup )
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Fine sea salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, anise seeds or coarse black pepper or a combination
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra-Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients well and add the eggs, wine and oil until a soft ball of dough is formed; if the dough is too wet, add a little more flour.
  2. Pinch off small rounds of dough the size of a small egg and roll them into 5-inch ropes. Bring the ends together to form a circle and place the taralli on cloth lined towels as you form them.
  3. Drop them a few at a time in a pot of salted boiling water and, when they float to the top, remove them with a slotted spoon and lay them on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake them in a preheated 350ºF oven for about 20 minutes.
  5. Cool to room temperature.
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