Some of our favorite things to eat are classic Italian treats that an Italian grandmother might make. They’re the types of things that usually don’t have a written recipe. When you ask how to make the dish, the directions are often full of handfuls and dashes. We recently had the pleasure of going over to our friend Enza’s house to learn how to make taralli. For those of you who are not familiar with taralli, they are Italian biscuits that can have pepper and/or fennel seeds baked into them. They go great with wine and cheese or just as a snack on their own. They came out great when we made them, so we wanted to share the recipe with everyone!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp. yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • sprinkle of sugar
  • 4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 handfuls of fennel seeds (crushed)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups of extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

First, you will need to mix the yeast and 1 cup of warm water. Let the mixture sit until it’s bubbling. While waiting, prepare the flour mixture which includes both types of flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, 1 cup of warm water, the fennel seeds, and black pepper. Add the yeast mixture to the flour in a Kitchen-Aid mixer using the dough hook attachment. If the dough is the too dry, you can add another 3/4 cup of warm water. Once the dough is mixed well and develops into a ball, cover with a dish towel and let it rise for 45 minutes. Note: it’s best to let the dough rise in a warm area.

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Once the dough has risen, line your counter with plastic wrap and spray with olive oil or PAM. Cut the dough into a few sections and cut of long strip from there to roll into long snake-like shapes. The strands should all be the same length. Pinch two strands together at the end and then twist around the other. Pinch both ends together to connect them into a circle.

 

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Lay the completed shapes onto un-greased baking sheets. Place them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. When they start to get golden brown, open the oven and spray them with a little water to give them a nice shine. Mobdro Continue cooking for the last minute or two and then remove and let cool.

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Enjoy with a glass of wine and some yummy Italian cheeses.

Cinzano!

-Jeff & Cristina (courtesy of Enza Mallozzi)