Glazed Egg Taralli Recipe: How to Make Taralli all'Uovo (2024)

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A signature crunchy sugar glaze gives this family recipe for Egg Taralli just the right amount of sweetness to create a simple Easter cookie. With just a few simple ingredients and my step-by-step guide, you too can make this sweet taralli recipe, just like nonna used to make.

If you want to explore a similar recipe, check out my Sweet Easter Taralli Cookies recipe for another delightful variation of a taralli recipe for Easter.

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  • Introduction
  • What are taralli?
  • How to make the taralli dough
  • How to cut and make taralli dough balls
  • How to shape the taralli
  • Boiling the taralli
  • Scoring and baking
  • How to glaze
  • Tips
  • FAQ
  • More taralli recipes
  • Recipe origins
  • Recipe

Introduction

Easter baking is just as exciting as Christmas baking in my Italian household, with special occasions like graduations, showers, engagements, and weddings also warranting special Italian cookies.

As you may be aware, certain foods, including eggs, are restricted for some religions during the Lenten period. As a result, eggs (which symbolize rebirth) play a crucial role in Easter baking.

Italian Easter bread and crescia are examples of the many delicious Easter-baked goods featuring eggs. Sweet ricotta pie, savory fiadone (shadone) and pizza rustica are other popular Easter dishes requiring many eggs.

Today, I’m excited to share my family’s recipe for sweet taralli, which has a unique twist compared to other taralli recipes.

Despite only including a small amount of sugar (just a couple of tablespoons for 3½ cups of flour), these taralli still manage to deliver a subtle sweetness thanks to the addition of a delicious icing sugar glaze.

This white glaze sets these taralli apart from others and gives them their signature look. With a hard crust and a light, airy interior, these glazed taralli are truly irresistible.

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What are taralli?

Taralli are a Southern Italian snack food similar to a cracker or breadstick. They are typically ring-shaped and made from simple flour, water, and olive or vegetable oil dough. They can be savory, sweet, and flavored with herbs and spices, such as fennel seeds, black pepper, or chili flakes.

Taralli are a popular snack throughout Italy and are often enjoyed with a glass of wine or as a mid-day snack.

Despite variations in ingredients, such as the inclusion of yeast, wine, or liquor, and differences in preparation methods, such as boiling, the shape remains consistent, even if their size may differ.

In this recipe, the dough rests for a certain period after combining the ingredients. Then, the taralli dough is shaped into the classic form, boiled, scored, and baked directly on the oven grates.

If you’re a fan of traditional Italian taralli, then you definitely won’t want to miss out on this recipe for sweet glazed egg taralli. These crunchy little treats are the perfect addition to any Easter celebration.

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How to make the taralli dough

Sift or whisk together 3½ cups of all-purpose flour (500 grams), ½ teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside for now.

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Place 6 room-temperature eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer, and with the whisk attachment, beat them on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes or until double in volume.

Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to whisk for about 2 minutes. At this point, your whisked eggs should be thick.

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and the zest of one lemon. Continue to whisk together.

Add 2 teaspoons of sambuca to this egg mixture and whisk together. You can also use grappa or Marsala wine.

Switch to a dough hook and add the flour mixture.

Knead for approximately 7-10 minutes.

The dough should be soft, smooth, and slightly tacky at the end of this process. You will notice the dough pulling away from the sides of the bowl while still adhering slightly to the bottom. If the dough is sticky, add 1-2 tablespoons of flour.

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How to cut and make taralli dough balls

With damp hands, remove the dough from the dough hook. Then, knead on a lightly floured surface for 30-60 seconds until smooth. The dough should no longer be tacky. If it is, dust with flour and knead a little more.

Shape the dough into a log and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. (I will usually place a tea towel over the top).

To obtain 8 pieces of dough, cut the log into two halves. Proceed to cut each of these halves in half, resulting in four pieces. Then, cut each of these four pieces in half again, resulting in a total of eight pieces of dough.

To make taralli, work on a single piece of dough at a time, keeping the remaining dough covered.

Join the ends of one section of a dough ball together and knead it with the palm of your hands for 2 minutes to form a small, round dough ball.

Place the dough ball on a lightly floured section of your wooden board and cover it with plastic wrap. Continue to shape the rest of the dough into small balls. Let them rest, covered, for 10 minutes at room temperature.

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How to shape the taralli

Before we begin shaping the taralli, bring a large pot of water to 200°F/93℃. We want hot water with some bubbles escaping to the surface.

Working with one dough ball at a time, use your thumb and forefinger to pinch the middle of the ball to create a hole. Gradually enlarge the hole while shaping the dough into a round donut shape.

Extend the ring to about 4-5 inches.

Boiling the taralli

Take a tarallo and put it in a pot of hot water. Immediately, use a wooden spoon to move the tarallo around so it doesn’t adhere to the bottom of the pot. Remember that the water should not be boiling or simmering but rather very hot, with just a few bubbles rising to the surface.

Once the tarallo rises to the top (approximately 2-3 minutes), remove it from the water with a slotted spoon. Transfer it to a tea towel to drain.

Repeat this process to shape and boil all the dough balls.

Air dry the taralli on a tea towel for 15 minutes before baking.

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Scoring and baking

To get started, preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Place the oven grate in the center of the oven.

Take each tarallo and use a sharp knife or razor blade to make a shallow cut across the top of the dough, forming a line that runs around the circumference of the tarallo.

Repeat this process for each tarallo, making sure the cuts are evenly spaced and not too deep, as they should only penetrate the surface of the dough.

Place the scored taralli directly on the oven grates or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they are evenly spaced and not touching each other.

Reduce the oven heat to 375°F/190°C and bake for 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat to 325°F /160°C and bake for another 20-25 minutes until cracked, golden brown and light to the touch. Check every 5-10 minutes to ensure they are not getting too dark. If they start to get too brown, loosely cover them with foil.

Remove taralli from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Once cooled completely, you can begin glazing your taralli.

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How to glaze

Once the taralli are baked and cooled, it is time to make the signature sugar glaze. You need to work quickly as the glaze quickly hardens and sets.

Combine 3 cups (375 grams) of powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of water in a small pot. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and whisk continuously for 30-60 seconds. Please note that you can adjust the consistency by adding more or less liquid as needed.

Remove from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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Use tongs to dip each tarallo into the glaze, coating it evenly on all sides. You can use a small pastry brush to brush the glaze onto the sides.

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Place the glazed taralli on a wire rack set over a baking sheet or piece of parchment paper to catch any excess glaze. Allow the glaze to dry and set completely before serving or storing the taralli.

If desired, you can add additional flavorings to the glaze, such as vanilla extract or lemon zest, to enhance the flavor of the taralli.

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Tips

  • The most precise technique to measure flour is by weight. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, fluff your flour, scoop it using a dry measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife. For reference, 1 cup of all-purpose flour = 142 grams [source].
  • Use room-temperature eggs.
  • Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes before shaping.
  • Work with small portions of dough to avoid drying out.
  • Boil the taralli before baking to achieve a crispy texture.
  • Air dry the boiled taralli on a tea towel for at least 15-20 minutes before baking.
  • You need to work quickly when glazing the taralli as the glaze quickly hardens and sets.
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FAQ

What is the difference between taralli and tarallo?

“Taralli” and “tarallo” are essentially the same thing, with “taralli” being the plural form and “tarallo” being the singular form of the word in Italian.

Why score the taralli

Scoring taralli after they have been boiled is an important step in the cooking process that allows them to bake evenly and achieve the desired texture.

Why are the boiled taralli sticking to my tea towel?

After boiling, boiled taralli can stick to a tea towel due to the moisture on the dough’s surface. As the taralli cools and dries, the moisture evaporates and can cause the dough to stick to the towel, causing damage to the surface. To avoid this, use a dry tea towel, pat the taralli dry immediately after boiling, and place it on a dry tea towel. Cool the taralli quickly by frequently turning them over. Gently peel them away from the towel’s surface to avoid sticking.

How to store

Store the glazed taralli in a large tin container at room temperature for up to a week.
For longer storage, freeze the taralli for up to 3 months without their glaze. To thaw, remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour.

More taralli recipes

There are many variations of taralli recipes across Italy, with different regions and even individual families having unique twists on the classic recipe. As someone with a few “food obsessions,” I must confess that taralli are among them.

  • Authentic Italian Taralli Recipe di Mamma Nonna
  • Soft Fennel Taralli Recipe
  • Homemade Italian Fennel Taralli Recipe
  • Crunchy Addictive Italian Anise Taralli

One of my favourites is my nonna’s authentic taralli recipe. They have a dry almost chalk-like texture that make a great snack any time of the day. Another family favorite is my mom’s recipe for these soft taralli. They are great to make sandwiches with!

If you are looking for a savory recipe, try these fennel taralli, or this recipe for Italian taralli with anise.

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Recipe origins

A few weeks ago, I walked into a pastry shop in the city’s east end and noticed glazed taralli on the shelf.

I initially planned to buy the bag but changed my mind after picking it up. I instinctively felt the need to make my mom’s recipe.

Deciphering my mom’s recipe was a challenge. Like many Italian women, she did not specify the exact amount of flour, instead opting for the elusive “farina quanto basta.” Which translates to adding as much flour as necessary. It took me about six attempts, but I can honestly say that I am finally happy with my results.

And so, as I continue to document as many of my family’s old recipes as possible, I am very happy to share this glazed taralli with all of you.

I hope you enjoy this delicious Easter treat as much as my family.

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Recipe

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Glazed Egg Taralli Recipe: Taralli all’Uovo

A signature crunchy sugar glaze gives this family recipe for egg taralli just the right amount of sweetness to create a simple Easter cookie.

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Course: Snack

Cuisine: Italian

Prep Time: 1 hour hour

Cook Time: 35 minutes minutes

Resting Time: 1 hour hour

Total Time: 2 hours hours 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 468kcal

Author: Maria Vannelli RD

Ingredients

Dough:

  • cups all purpose flour 500 grams, plus more for kneading
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 6 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of sambuca grappa or Marsala wine

Icing:

  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 4 – 4½ tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

  • Place the eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer, and with the whisk attachment, beat them on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes or until double in volume.

  • Add sugar and continue to whisk for about 2 minutes. At this point your whisked eggs should be thick.

  • Add oil, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Continue to whisk together.

  • Add sambuca to this egg mixture and whisk together.

  • Switch to a dough hook and incorporate the flour.

  • Knead for approximately 7-10 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth, and slightly tacky at the end of this process. You will notice the dough pulling away from the sides of the bowl while still adhering slightly to the bottom. If the dough is sticky, add 1-2 tablespoons of flour.

  • Form into a log; wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature (I will usually place a tea towel over the top).

  • Cut dough into 8 pieces. To obtain 8 pieces of dough, cut the log into two halves. Proceed to cut each of these halves in half, resulting in four pieces. Then, cut each of these four pieces in half again, resulting in a total of eight pieces of dough.

  • To make taralli, work on a single piece of dough at a time, keeping the remaining dough covered.

  • Join the ends of one section of a dough ball together and knead it with the palm of your hands for 2 minutes to form a small, round dough ball.

  • Place the dough ball on a lightly floured section of your wooden board and cover it with plastic wrap. Continue to shape the rest of the dough into small balls. Let them rest, covered, for 10 minutes at room temperature.

  • With thumb and forefinger, pinch the middle to create a hole. Slowly enlarge the hole while forming a donut shape (refer to the photo in the article).

  • Continue to form the rest of the dough.

  • Bring a large pot of water to 200°F/93℃. We want hot water with a couple of bubbles escaping to the surface.

  • Place the taralli in the water. Immediately, use a wooden spoon to move the tarallo around so it doesn't adhere to the bottom of the pot. Remember that the water should not be boiling or simmering but rather very hot, with just a few bubbles rising to the surface.

  • Once the tarallo rises to the top (approximately 2-3 minutes), remove it from the water with a slotted spoon. Transfer it to a tea towel to drain.

  • Repeat process until all the taralli have been boiled. Air dry the taralli on a tea towel for 15 minutes before baking.

  • To get started, preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Place the oven grate in the center of the oven.

  • Take each tarallo and use a sharp knife or razor blade to make a shallow cut across the top of the dough, forming a line that runs around the circumference of the tarallo.

  • Place boiled and scored taralli directly on oven grates or on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

  • Reduce the oven heat to 375°F/190°C and bake for 10 minutes.

  • Reduce the heat to 325°F /160°C and bake for another 20-25 minutes until cracked, golden brown and light to the touch. Check every 5-10 minutes to ensure they are not getting too dark. If they start to get too brown, loosely cover them with foil.

  • Remove taralli from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Once cooled completely, you can begin glazing your taralli.

Icing:

  • Combine 3 cups (375 grams) of powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of water in a small pot. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and whisk continuously for 30-60 seconds. Please note that you can adjust the consistency by adding more or less liquid as needed.

  • Remove from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

  • Use tongs to dip each tarallo into the glaze, coating it evenly on all sides. You can use a small pastry brush to brush the glaze onto the sides.

  • Place the glazed taralli on a wire rack set over a baking sheet or piece of parchment paper to catch any excess glaze. Allow the glaze to dry and set completely before serving or storing the taralli.

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Notes

  • The most precise technique to measure flour is by weight. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, fluff your flour, scoop it using a dry measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife. For reference, 1 cup of all-purpose flour = 142 grams [source].
  • Use room-temperature eggs.
  • Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes before shaping.
  • Work with small portions of dough to avoid drying out.
  • Boil the taralli before baking to achieve a crispy texture.
  • Air dry the boiled taralli on a tea towel for at least 15-20 minutes before baking.
  • You need to work quickly when glazing the taralli as the glaze quickly hardens and sets.

Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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