How to make taralli



How to make taralli just like our nonna

Taralli are like very crispy bagels and are made to various recipes all over Italy. My kids’ Nonna makes hers with fennel seeds and they are moreish and perfect for an afternoon snack, to serve instead of bread at the dinner table or with dips, olives and gooey cheese at parties. Taralli are also unbeatable in soup.

Nonna tends to make bagel-sized taralli, but I prefer the mini versions. These make a fab lunchbox snack.

You can bake taralli for less time to make them softer if you like, but traditionally they are baked almost as hard as bricks. Just like a brick, they last pretty much for all eternity when stored in an airtight jar in a dark pantry.

Nonna has a ready supply of taralli on hand at all times, baking them at least once a month or more regularly if needed. Nonno says that a well-stocked taralli jar is comforting and satisfying.

How to make taralli

How to make taralli

Makes about 25 bagel-size taralli or 60 mini versions.*
Takes about an hour

*Nonna triples this recipe to make her taralli in bulk.

4 cups plain flour
About 2 tsp salt
3 tsp freshly ground black pepper (leave this out if the kids don’t like it)
1 cup warm water
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Small handful of fennel seeds

On a clean, flat surface, mix together the flour, salt and pepper and fennel (if using).

Make a well in the centre and pour in the water and olive oil. Bring the flour into the liquid until a rough dough starts to form.

Lightly knead the dough until it start to come together and then knead firmly for about 10 minutes until it becomes springy. Helpers are good at this stage!

Cover the dough and allow it to rest for about half-an-hour. Your arms will be grateful for the time out too.

Form the dough

When the dough is ready, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil and preheat the oven to 200°C.

Now it’s time to take pinches of dough and form each into a ball before it rolling out like a long sausage.

This is how to make taralli

Shape each sausage into a ring, and press the edges together then place on a damp towel to keep them from drying out. Nonna makes her taralli on the kitchen table covered in a slightly-wet bed sheet.

Boil away

Drop about 6-8 tarallis into the boiling water – don’t crowd the pot. You only need to boil each taralli for less than a minute before they float to the surface. Remove floating tarallis immediately and place them on a clean cloth to dry and cool.

Now bake

Once cool, lay the tarallis on baking sheets lined with baking paper and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden.

Remove and place on racks to cool and harden. Once cool store in an airtight container for many weeks.

  • You can make your taralli as small or large as you like, but you’ll need to adjust cooking times so experiment to see what you like best.
  • You can also bake the taralli for less time to serve them less crispy – they make a nice bread accompaniment at dinner.
  • Throw some mini taralli in the lunch box – they make a crunchy and satisfying little lunch.

What traditional recipes do you cook at home

Written by Bron Maxabella

Bron is the founder of Mumlyfe and is so happy to welcome you here. Bron has been writing in the Australian parenting space as Maxabella for more than seven years and is mum to three mostly happy kids and wife to one mostly happy husband. Mostly happy is a win, right?

We’re very social

More for you

Healthy homemade chocolate digestives recipe

Healthy homemade chocolate digestives recipe

Ooh, this is such a good one! Who wouldn't want to devour a batch of homemade chocolate digestives bickies for afternoon tea? Me, that's who! I first started tinkering around with this recipe when I discovered that our beloved McVities chocolate digestives contained...

10 really good thermos lunches to keep kids warm

10 really good thermos lunches to keep kids warm

Winter is here and that means our high schoolers are spending lunch times shivering behind B block trying to keep warm. Now is a good time to up your repertoire of thermos lunches. Thermos lunches are a lovely hit of home in the middle of a bone-chilling school day....

A ginger fluff recipe from the CWA

A ginger fluff recipe from the CWA

Oh, for the love of a good cake recipe! You can never have too many. I especially like the ones that are quick to whip up, like this ginger fluff goodie from the new cookbook from CWA Victoria, From Our Kitchen To Yours. Isn't the name CWA comforting when you're about...

Affiliate links

From time to time Mumlyfe uses affiliate links.  It means that Mumlyfe may receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using the link.  You can find out more about how it works here.

You may also like


The importance of nourishing self-care for mums of older kids

The importance of nourishing self-care for mums of older kids

There's something to be said for a bubble bath when you've had an exhausting day. Nothing quite like sinking into those popping bubbles, preferably with a glass of bubbles to accompany your little time out. That said, when it comes to nourishing self-care these days,...

The problem with teens and sleep (or lack of sleep!)

The problem with teens and sleep (or lack of sleep!)

In this extract from The New Teen Age, Dr Ginni Mansberg and Jo Lamble talk us through teens and sleep. Or, teens and lack of sleep. In a nutshell, it's basically f*#king up their brains. No wonder they are so outrageously difficult to parent some days. Take it away,...

“You probably won’t know your teen is smoking pot”

“You probably won’t know your teen is smoking pot”

I'm here to tell any parent of a teen that even if you think you know them well, your teen has secrets. They might even have secrets for so long that by the time you find out about them, you're dealing with a mess. For instance, if you're anything like me, you...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This