There we go.. our final recipe in 2010 brings us to Italy. Ilva invited us in her kitchen and shared an authentic Apulian (or Puglia) recipe called Taralli Pugliesi.
In preparation very similar to bagels in that the shaped dough is briefly dumped in boiling water and then baked.
Mine are in the oven as we speak and so far I can tell you that it is far less involved than I thought!
So that’s good news in December. Of course I didn’t realise this AND missed that today is in effect the 16th of December so at the end of the day instead of setting our Christmas tree I am baking tarelli.
I have to say I again need to brush up my reading skills; while we were supposed to have a stiff but manageable dough I ended up with a lovely soft dough which I set to rise… NOT what this is about. Stiff dough, able to roll out into ropes immediately and then rest for 20 minutes! Then boil and bake. Sigh. When will I learn? That being said it was a great dough to work with, and it made my house smell lovely.
For the recipe and instructions on how to bake I gladly refer you to read more: Go over to Ilva's
So if you feel like baking Taralli and on top of that deserve the Bread Baking Buddy Badge, bake along, blog about it and send the link to Ilva (luculliandelights AT gmail DOT com, please write Bread Baking Buddy in the subject line). Ilva will send you our Buddy Badge and include you in the Buddy roundup too! Deadline is 29th December so there’s plenty of time to bake before or after Christmas (great snack for New Years Eve!).
Edited for pictures and notes:
I have seen the Babes taralli and I wish mine looked so puffed and smooth! I’m not sure where the crinkly comes from, I guess their waterbath was too swift maybe.
Mine definitely needed a longer oven time than stated. They sure smell really really nice and I want to try them again with other flavors such as the peperoncino Ilva suggested. I’m afraid the fennel was a bit much for us.
Definitely a recipe to use and try more than once, possibilities!
Visit all our Babes on the left hand side!
Last, but NOT least, for the Babes THIRD anniversary in February we will be baking a bread suggested by a reader.
Dear reader, this means you!
Just send an e-mail at bakemyday (at)gmail (dot)com and, if at all possible, include the recipe in the body of the e-mail or as an attachment.
So think about it:
- What’s your favorite bread?
- What bread haven’t you ever been able to get to turn out the way you want?
- What bread scares you the most?
- What’s the bread recipe you’ve baked the most?
- What bread do you dream about baking?
- What bread do you…?
Scour your bread-baking cookbooks, recipe boxes and bread-baking sites to make your choice.
The bread YOU suggest might be our Anniversary recipe!!
To be continued…..