Recipe by Michele O'Sullivan
"For Italian families, pepper rings are a type of biscuit eaten in place of bread. In our family, they are traditionally served at Easter, but are delicious any time of year. They taste extra special if heated before serving. Try them with black coffee or espresso."
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coarsely ground black pepper
The good news is that these taste pretty darned good, for a fairly simple biscuit. Slightly eggy, nice and peppery, big and fairly dense. They definitely taste better warmed, though I didn't try them with the suggested coffee or espresso. The slightly bad news (which a previous reviewer ran into) is that they are kind of difficult for inexperienced bakers to make. I consider myself a low-intermediate baker by now, but I've never made anything like this. I was pretty sure I measured 6 cups of flour, and not 5, and the dough was quite wet and sticky. I slightly panicked and tossed in another cup or so, and tried to continue. The dough was still fairly sticky, such that I didn't think it possible or worthwhile to do the "scoring the perimeter" step, so I skipped that. I baked the first half-dozen for 20 minutes; then I added another half-cup of flour or so to the remaining dough, and baked the second half-dozen for 22 minutes. The second batch turned out better, being slightly browned on top. Lastly, I guess I was expecting these to look somewhat like bagels, if not pretzels, but the outside texture was slightly bumpy and irregular. As I said, these did taste pretty good, but the recipe threw me some curves along the way. I just hope the results I got were close enough to what I was supposed to get.
The dough came out so wet and gooey that you could not form anything. I even tried to add more flour to make the dough more durable and nothing worked.
Excellent makes a great substitute for bread. An Italian bagel.
Tasty. I ended up using about 8 cups of flour.. another 1 .5 cups before kneading and then about another .5 cups when rolling out the strips. I topped with more coarse salt and pepper. I liked the texture of the outside..The inside is very much like a biscuit. I was expecting a different texture, but it's good. I liked this dipped in seasoned olive oil. I made 22 of these instead of 12.. they came out about the size of a bagel. Bake about 22 minutes @450
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Black Pepper Rings
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 179
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