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Taralli - Italian Calabrian Sweet Cookies
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Honey is the basic flavor ingredient in these classic light fluffy dough Italian cookies. Americans might call these a "Sweet Roll".

S. Chokel

Serves/Makes:14 Single Cookies

  • 3 cups (700 ml) plus 4 tbsp (60 ml) white bread flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) yeast
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2-1/2 tbsp (35 ml) honey
  • Pour the flour onto your work surface and make a hole in the center with your fist.
  • Dilute the yeast with 2/3 cup (150 ml) warm water and pour into the hole.
  • Knead together as you would a bread dough.
  • Leave the dough in a warm place to rise for 1 hour, then add the eggs, oil, and honey and knead again.
  • Shape the dough into about 14 individual "figure 8's" and arrange them at least 2-3 inches apart on an oiled baking sheet.
  • Leave them in a warm place to rise for up to 4 hours (the longer, the fluffier and lighter the cookie).
  • Bake them in a 375 degree (200 C.) oven for about 15 minutes.
  • Cool and store or serve.
These are excellent with a cup of hot expresso or a flavored Latte! I like mine warmed with cinnamon-honey butter!

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