A favourite bite for people in Kazakhstan, Baursak is often served with tea as a dessert. The traditional fried dough is usually sprinkled with sugar or poured on melted honey or syrup, but that doesn’t negate its use as a savoury snack. Baursak can be served as a savoury snack with cold cuts like salami.
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 / 4 cup of milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (and additional sugar for sprinkling)
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of vegetable oil for frying
- Heat 1/4 cup of milk and 1 /4 cup of water warmly.
- Pour the warm milk and water into a bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of yeast to them and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- Add 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, and ¼ teaspoon of salt to a bowl and stir them carefully.
- Add 1 egg and stir.
- Pour 2 cups of flour step by step; do not pour whole flour and combine them to make a dough. Continue pouring the flour until it forms a dough.
- Grease a bowl and put the kneaded dough in it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put a cloth on it. Let it rest in a warm place for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes, transfer the dough to the floured surface.
- Sprinkle a little flour on the dough to make it thinner into 0.5 cm.
- Cut the dough into circular pieces or any shapes you like.
- Heat 2 cups of vegetable oil in a pan, then drop the dough pieces carefully into the oil. The heat under the pan should be medium.
- When the colour of the Baursak dough changes to golden brown, turn it to the other side and fry it.
- Place the fried Baursak on a paper towel and serve it as a sweet snack with sprinkled sugar, honey, or jam, or serve it as a savoury snack with salami or Feta cheese.