posted by mamaSue 12-02-99 5:58 AM

Taralli (Ring-shaped Biscuits)

6 large eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons anise extract
2 tablespoons anise seeds
6 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Slowly add the honey, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in the oil and whisk for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Then add the anise extract and anise seeds and mix well. Add the flour 1 cup at a time, and mix until a ball of dough is formed. The dough will be sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. With floured hands, pinch off pieces of dough the size of golf balls and roll them into ropes 6 inches long and the width of your middle finger. Pinch the ends of each roll together to form a ring. Place the taralli on kitchen towels as you form them.

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the taralli in batches: drop the rings a few at a time into water and boil for 5 minutes after they have returned to the surface. (They will look a little wrinkled at this point, but will smooth out as they bake).

Remove the taralli with a slotted spoon and place them on clean towels. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Place the rings 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

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