Chefs' Recipes

Agostino's chocolate, clementine and aniseed zaletti

It's the traditional Venetian raisin and cornmeal biscuit, but made more heavenly with chocolate, clementine and aniseed.

By Anthony Musarra
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 25
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"This is a variation on the Venetian raisin and cornmeal biscuit, made more fragrant and decadent with the addition of the chocolate, clementine and aniseed," says Anthony Musarra of Melbourne wine bar Agostino. "These are delicious at the end of a meal with coffee or a digestivo."


  • 75 gm unsalted butter, softened
  • 55 gm ¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large (70gm) egg
  • 70 gm dark couverture chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped and melted
  • 110 gm (¾ cup) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 80 gm (½ cup) fine polenta, plus extra for dusting
  • 1½ tbsp Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 tsp ground aniseed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 55 gm raisins, soaked in hot water until soft,
    then drained
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • 1 candied clementine (see note) or small candied orange, finely chopped
  • Raw sugar, for sprinkling
  • Pure icing sugar, for dusting


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 170°C. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well, then stir in melted chocolate. Sift flour, polenta, cocoa, aniseed, baking powder and a pinch of salt over egg mixture and stir to combine. Combine drained raisins with rum, add to the mixture with the clementine and stir until well combined.
  • 2
    Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, using a little extra flour and polenta to prevent sticking. Place on oven trays lined with baking paper, leaving 5cm between them, sprinkle with a little raw sugar and bake until set (20 minutes). Cool on baking trays.


Zaletti are best served on day of baking, but they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 4 days.Note Candied clementine is available from David Jones food halls and select delicatessens.