Chak-chak – Tatarstan’s national sweet
Ingredients for 6:
2-3 cup flour
3 fresh eggs
0.5 cup honey
0.5 cup sugar
1 tbsp (30 g) vodka or bourbon
2 tbsp sesame or poppy seeds (optional)
0.5 cup fried ground walnuts
Pour the flour on a clean desk as a «mountain», make a hole on a top.
Separate the egg yolks and egg whites.
Put egg yolks and pour the vodka/bourbon in the hole, and knead a dough.
Shape it as a ball, and let to sit for about 30 minutes in a room temperature.
Knead the dough one more time, and roll very thin.
Let to sit for about 15 minutes to dry a little.
Cut dough into very small squares (about the size of the end of your finger; the dough expands as it cooks).
Fry the dough pieces by portions in the boiling vegetable oil, or in a deep fryer, until they get a light golden colour (rather than ‘brown’).
Place on paper towels to drain and place in a deep dish.
Pour the honey and sugar in a small sauce-pan, and heat with a low heating.
When honey-sugar mix starts to boil, pour the seeds in it, and stir well.
Pour the boiling mix over the fried dough pieces, and stir well.
Place the mix on a flat plate.
Shape it by wet hands, sprinkle the top with the ground walnuts, and press slightly.
Let to cool, slice, and serve.