Biscotti Di Pepe - Taralli - Italian Pepper Biscuits

"A great hard biscuit with a twinge of hotness! A staple in Italian delis and "pastosas"."
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Ready In:
2 dozen




  • Dissolve yeast in water.
  • Sift flour salt and pepper onto mixing board.
  • Make a well in the center and add yeast 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.
  • Brush with oil and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Mary I.
    The dough seemed too oily and I couldn’t get them to roll easily. Should I have put some flour on my pastry mat when trying to roll them? It doesn’t say to do it in the directions.


  1. lovetobake11
    This recipe has the exact flavor and texture of the Pepper Biscuits I have been buying from local Italian bakeries for years. The only change I made was to add a tablespoon of lightly toasted fennel seeds (again as they are locally made). This recipe is a keeper and I will be making the biscuits often. They a sooooo good with a cup of coffee.
  2. Linajjac
    Great recipe! Love these! I added extra cracked pepper. Similar to ones we got at our fave Italian restaurant. Thanks.
  3. kelly in TO
    Really did love these. My friend called them little doughnut biscotti's. Perfect amount of pepper. I like the rope shape too, more of a bread stick. Careful with the oil! Next time I might cut back on the oil a tbsp. Thanks for posting!
  4. mandagirl
    Excellent pepper biscuit recipe! In my family it is traditional to bake them long, still in the rope shape, like a bread stick. This is how I made them. Cooking time was approx. the same...excellent recipe.


Being a born and bred New Yorker with lots of varied ethnic food influences growing up, you can find me enjoying anything from Bloodwurst to Chicken Jahlfrezi to PBJs with fresh-ground honey roasted peanut butter and yummy homemade strawberry jam, and don't forget my friend Anna's mother's Pomodoro Sauce (via Bari, Italy). When it comes to eating and cooking, many native New Yorkers seem to be of whatever background that is on their plate at the moment. <br> <br>I notice that a good number of Zaarites list "pet peeves" here. Many list whiny people as their peeve. Hey...I live in NYC where almost EVERYONE whines and complains, so I don't notice anymore. What burns my biscuits is seeing recipes that call for some really funky ingredients like Kraft (cough cough) Parmesan cheese in the green can and chicken from a can. I had never even heard of chicken in CAN(???) until last year. Get the best quality ingredients you purse will allow. That includes spices. Those jars of spices that sell for 99 cents are no bargain if you can afford something better. Do yourself a favor and if possible, go and explore any ethnic food markets in your area. They have the most wonderful spices and herbs and they are usually priced well. And you'll find so many other goodies you'd never have even known about. (I know this isn't possible for everyone, but then there's always the internet) <br> <br>Sorry, I am the product of an "ingredient snob" father and I just can't help having inherited that gene to a certain extent. And again, I'm a New Yawka...we are SLIGHTLY opinionated. You're reading about the person who drives (I kid you not) 3 hours upstate and 3 hours back just to get THE sausage I need for my Thanksgiving stuffing. So call me fanatical. <br> <br>I am a rather good baker and for a short time I had my own dessert biz...until I found out how hard it can be to work for yourself. So I went back to working as an Art Editor in publishing.
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