Living in other countries is the occasion to discover new food that oftentimes become a steady presence on our tables.
It is what happened to Erika, an Italian who moved to Atyrau, Kazakhstan, and discovered this delicious puffy bread.
Baursak is a delicious sweet fried puffy bread, usually served for important occasions. You can always find them at baptisms, birthdays, funerals and anniversary. I discovered it and now regularly prepare it for my children, who love it. It is quite easy to make. Let me share my recipe:
400 ml lightly warmed milk
180 ml warm water
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp sugar
100 gr melted butter
10 gr backing powder
Mix the butter, water, salt, sugar and egg together in a bowl.
Put the dried yeast on top and you will find that it gradually incorporates itself into the mixture. After five minutes you can stir it (do not stir it straight away as you will end up with lumps).
Put the milk and flour in a large bowl and a stir in that jug of yeast mixture with your hands. Once it has pulled together knead for up to five minutes until it is springy and forms a nice slightly loose ball.
Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 1 1/2-2 hours.
Once well risen, heat 3 cm sunflower oil in a heavy pan.
Lightly massage the outside of the dough with oil on your hands to stop it from sticking. Then roll the dough out until it is about 1/2 cm tick. Cut out squares, triangles or circular shapes; you can try other shapes but they may not hold when fried.
Gently drop into the oil for about 15 seconds until golden then flip over for a few seconds. They should puff up at lot.