One of our favourite snacks whilst travelling through Italy is a mini bagel like delight called ‘taralli’. These are especially popular in Puglia and are full of flavour and pretty versatile in that they can be both savoury or sweet – in fact, you can flavour them however you like.

And if you’re wondering, yes, they are best accompanied with a glass of wine!


The following can make around 30 4cm-sized tarallis.

  • 120g flour
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 60ml white wine
  • 2.5g salt
  • 1/2tbsp fennel seeds or any other spice/herbs


  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt and fennel seeds (or add whatever spice/herb you’d like), then add the olive oil and wine, combine, then transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead for around 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  2. Leave the dough to rest for approximately 30 minutes in a bowl, covered with a damp tea towel.
  3. After 30 minutes come back to the dough and tear enough dough off to roll it into a 4cm rope and join the ends together to form a teardrop shape. Repeat this until all your dough is shaped. Place shaped drops on a tea towel.
  4. Next boil a pot of water, add some of the taralli into the pot, they will sink to start, once they have come to the surface of the water remove with a slotted spoon and place on the tea towel.
  5. Place the boiled taralli on a parchment paper-lined tray and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden.
  6. Let cool completely before eating.

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Thanks for reading

Barbara Hindle, Italy

Author: Barbara Hindle