Crispy Taralli Bread with Fennel and Parmesan

This recipe for crispy taralli bread with fennel and Parmesan is a delicious and easy way to make your own bread at home. This bread is perfect for dipping in olive oil or your favourite sauce, and makes a great addition to any meal. The fennel and Parmesan give the bread a lovely flavour, and the bread is nice and crispy. This recipe is also suitable for vegetarians.


  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (100g) grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the fennel seeds, salt, olive oil and water.
  3. Stir in the flour and Parmesan cheese until well combined.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls.
  5. Place the dough balls onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and press down slightly.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

These taralli breads are best served warm, straight from the oven. Enjoy!

Potential changes & improvements

If you want to make these taralli breads gluten-free, simply substitute the plain flour for gluten-free flour. You could also add some other herbs or spices to the dough, such as rosemary or oregano. For a cheesy flavour, you could add some grated cheddar cheese to the dough. If you want a softer bread, you could brush the taralli with some olive oil before baking.

What other food it works well with

These taralli breads are delicious served with dips such as olive oil or tomato salsa. They also make a great addition to soups and salads. For a quick and easy snack, simply enjoy them on their own with a glass of wine.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making taralli bread is to not press the dough balls down before baking. This will result in the bread not being as crispy. Make sure to press the dough balls down slightly before baking.

Nutritional Information

Per serving:

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fibre: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Salt: 0.7g


  • Wheat
  • Dairy

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