Kazakh baursak is served often with tea, either as a appetizer or dessert. Fried dough is loved in nearly every nation on earth and Kazakhstan is no exception. They can be made as either triangles or spheres. Sometimes they will spread them all around the Darstakan (low table or covering) to show an abundance of food. We made ours in spheres and then sprinkled them with sugar. Fried dough is best enjoyed right out of the fryer and with a cup of Kazakh chai, YUM!
Kazakh Baursak (Fried Dough)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoon yeast
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
- 1 Tablespoon sugar Plus additional for sprinkling
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl to form dough.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface, then return to mixing bowl.
- Cover with a towel and let sit for 30 minutes. Heat oil in deep skillet over high heat.
- Pull off a Tablespoon-size piece of the dough and roll into a ball.
- Press down slightly, then drop carefully into oil and fry until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels. Repeat until all the dough is gone.
- Optional: sprinkle with sugar or honey
- Serve with Kazakh chai for a delicious treat