Savory Boiled Taralli    

  

Taralli Bolliti – Viscuotta Scaurati  

 

Viscuotta Scaurati 

 

The “Taralli” biscuits are made all over Sicily.  

In Ragusa and in its province, the taralli, also called Viscuotta Scaurati, meaning boiled biscuits, are prepared using a different baking method, and actually before being baked the biscotti are boiled and dried overnight, to give them a particular consistency, usually crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
It is advisable to use an electric mixer to facilitate the kneading which is a laborious and necessary process.  

Typically these biscuits are prepared around Easter and although the viscotta can be molded in the “S” form, fingers, stars, rounds, etc., the most popular shape is in the form of a crown. Before baking, using sharp scissors, slits are made around the taralli to give the contour of a crown, resembling the crown of thorns that was put on the head of Jesus, on the Day of the Crucifixion.  

Because Easter usually is near the feast of Saint Joseph on March 19, these biscuits are also called Biscotti Scaurati di San Giuseppe.   

The Viscuotta Scaurati are baked at low temperature to achieve light colored cookies with a soft and delicate interior; or baked at a higher temperature to get a rich dark golden color, crunchy on the outside and crumbly on the inside: it is a perfect snack or a superb companion to a glass wine.   

 

The enclosed photos are the Viscuotta Scaurati produced by the:  

Panificio Tinghino Paolo 

356 via Magenta 

97019 Vittoria, (RA) 

Italy 

Telephone 011 39 093 298 6026 

  

             Dark ViscuottaLight & Dark Biscotti TaralliLight Taralli

  

Makes about 48 Biscuits   

   

Ingredients:  

  • 1 ½ lbs. semolina flour   
  • 1 lb. cake flour   
  • 4 oz. sugar   
  • 1 tablespoon of anise seeds   
  • 2 ½ oz. unsalted butter at room temperature   
  • 5 large eggs   
  • ¼ cup lemon juice   
  • Zest of ½ lemon   
  • ¼ cup water   
  • Pinch of salt   
  • Extra flour for dusting or to add   

  

Preparation   

The Dough
Make a well with the flour, place in it and combine sugar and butter.
Add eggs, salt, water lemon juice and zest. Mix all ingredients with the help of a fork and then using your hands knead to bring dough together. If dough is too dry add some water, if too soft add some flour.
Knead dough until it
  forms into a single mass. Dust working surface with flour and knead dough by pushing it down firmly to the center, turn dough 90 degrees and press down again: keep kneading until dough is elastic, and has a silky consistency. Knead for 15 minutes, usually no more than 20 minutes or until gluten develops.
Form a ball, cover with plastic and let the dough rest for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
 

  

  

The Biscuits
Cut dough in 4 pieces and each pieces in 2 parts. Knead dough and make each piece compact, shape each piece into an elongated roll 1½ inch in diameter. Cut it into 6 pieces and roll each piece to form a stick about 6 inches long. Seal the ends together to form a circle, place into a pan.    

  

The Boiling - Scaurati 

Bring to a boil a large sauce pot half full of water and over a medium heat, immerge the taralli a few at a time. When the taralli come to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon and place on a kitchen towel to dry, then transfer into pans. 

Repeat until you finish boiling all the taralli. 

Rest overnight to dry.  

 

 

The Baking 

Prepare pans: grease and dust the cookie sheets with flour and arrange the taralli 2 inches apart. 

Before baking, use a cutter make some slits on the top of the taralli; if you use the scissors clipping all around will give the contour of a crown. 

For the light colored viscotta, bake them at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes; for the dark colored taralli bake them at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are a dark golden color. 

 

Viscuotta Scaurati