Taralli Italian Style Breadsticks

Taralli Italian Style Breadsticks

These breadsticks are filled with dried herbs. Enjoy snacking on them with wine.

Ingredients: Yields 30 breadsticks, each about 5 cm in diameter

For the dough:
Bread (strong) flour
160 g
Cake flour
40 g
Dry yeast
1 g
10 g
4 g
Basil (dried)
1 g
Rosemary (dried)
0.5 g
115 g
Olive oil
6 g
To finish:
Olive oil
as needed
to taste


1. Combine the ingredients for the dough and knead until smooth.
2. Let rise for 40 minutes at a temperature of 30℃ for the first proving. Since there is only a small amount of yeast, it will not rise much.
3. Divide the dough into thirds, roll each into a ball. Place the balls of dough between folds in a baker's couche, cover with a damp cloth, then let sit for 20 minutes.
4. Roll each ball into a 10 x 15 cm rectangle.
5. Using a pizza cutter, divide each sheet of dough into 10 equal strips.
6. Shape the strips into your desired forms and place onto a baking tray for a final proof. It should take about 20 minutes at 40℃.
7. They should slightly rise. Brush on olive oil with a pastry brush and sprinkle on salt to finish.
8. After baking for 10 minutes at 200℃, decrease the temperature to 120℃, and bake for 10 more minutes. They're ready to serve.
10. Here, I made the letters "M", "O" and "S" (backwards!!). Next, I made a scarf (?) and a spiral (?) and a heart.

Story Behind this Recipe

I came up with this easy recipe for Taralli, a type of breadstick common in Southern Italy.