Recipe by Phil Franco
Taralli Baresi is a biscotti that was introduced many centuries ago in the Puglia Region of Italy. Taralli Baresi are sometimes referred to as Italian Pretzels by non-Italians because of their crunchy texture and shape. It is a cross between a pretzel, a cookie and a biscuit. Dense Italian bagels, these seasoned little breads should be boiled briefly before baking. A great hard biscuit with a twinge of hotness! 55 minutes 40 mins prep
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons dry white wine
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons black pepper (or more)
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Dissolve yeast in water.
- Sift flour salt and pepper onto mixing board.
- Make a well in the center and add yeast, wine and oil.
- Blend together and gradually incorporate into flour.
- The dough will be stiff.
- Knead 10 minutes.
- Place in oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with towel and let rise until doubled in bulk.
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- Break off small pieces of dough and roll into ropes about 6 inches long.
- Form a ring and pinch edges together.
- Place on baking sheet and let rise 20 minutes.
- Fill a large saucepan half full of water; bring to a boil. Drop taralli into water and boil for 1 minute. Remove from water, letting both sides dry on a sheet of waxed paper.
- Brush with oil and bake 12 to 15 minutes.
- at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) on a lightly greased cookie sheet, turning a few times during baking until medium brown and crisp.