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    Nana's Pepper Cookies "tarralli"

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    2 hrs 40 mins

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    40 mins

    Dee514's Note:

    Posted in reply to a request. Tarralli are the traditional Italian black pepper cookies that are usually served with a glass of wine for dunking. Although tarralli are called "cookies," they are really more like a hard biscuit or dry bread stick. Cooking time includes boiling and baking times.

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    1. 1
      In a small pan, heat the oil until just warm to the touch (maybe 70-80°F), and set aside.
    2. 2
      In a small pan, heat wine until very warm to the touch (about 100°F).
    3. 3
      Sprinkle yeast over the warm wine and let sit for several minutes until it softens; then stir to mix.
    4. 4
      In a large bowl, add all the other ingredients, including the warm oil.
    5. 5
      Add the wine/yeast mixture to the bowl.
    6. 6
      Use your hands to mix everything well, until a dough is formed.
    7. 7
      Turn dough out onto an unfloured board; knead the dough until smooth and elastic.
    8. 8
      Place dough in a clean, dry bowl.
    9. 9
      Cover the dough with a clean, damp, kitchen towel (not terry cloth), and let rise for about 30 to 60 minutes in a warm place.
    10. 10
      Cut the dough into small pieces.
    11. 11
      Roll each piece into a long, thin, rope (about the thickness of your little finger).
    12. 12
      Cut the rolled ropes of dough into 4-inch long pieces and join the two ends of each piece together so that it forms a round, doughnut like shape.
    13. 13
      Continue the rolling and shaping with all the remaining dough.
    14. 14
      Heat oven to 350-375°F Fill a pot with water, and bring to a rolling boil.
    15. 15
      Drop the shaped dough into the boiling water (a few at a time).
    16. 16
      When the taralli come to the surface, remove them with a slotted spoon, and place them on a clean kitchen towel (not terry cloth) to dry.
    17. 17
      When all the taralli have been boiled and dried, place them on a cookie sheet and bake them for about 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
    18. 18
      Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a rack.
    19. 19
      When cool, serve with a glass of wine for dunking.

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    Nutritional Facts for Nana's Pepper Cookies "tarralli"

    Serving Size: 1 (1075 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 935.2
    Calories from Fat 260
    Total Fat 28.8 g
    Saturated Fat 4.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 588.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 134.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 21.0 g

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