Good evening, Raffies!
Today we are going to Kazakhstan! We are going to make Чак-чак, Chak Chak. The name seems to have come from Tartar languages and means “one after the other”.
This is a very popular and common dessert all over the former Soviet Union.
It consists of deep fried dough drenched in syrup. The shapes vary depending on the region. Usually they are balls in Kazakhstan and among the Tartars, whereas in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan they resemble short noodles or Cheetos.
Chak chak is usually piled up into a pyramid like shape.
Traditionally they were offered to visitors or travelers and were a treat for special occasions. Since the pyramid tends to get hard with the syrup, you usually cut pieces out of the pile.
The recipe is very easy and the result resembles a doughnut in flavour.
I must admit that I ended up eating a lot of them, just “one after the other”.
2 c flour
1 tbsp vodka
200 g toasted almonds
3 c oil
1 c honey
1/3 c sugar
Start by beating the eggs. Add the vodka and mix well.
In a separate bowl, pour the flour and add the egg mixture. Stir until you have a soft dough. Work the dough on a floured surface for about 15 minutes.
Now roll the dough out into a thin layer of about 1.5 cm.
Cut the dough into strips of 1-2 cm. Now either form them into balls or make threads out of the strips.
Fry the pieces in oil. Fry until golden and then drain on some paper.
In a saucepan, mix the honey and the sugar and cook for about 5 minutes on low heat.
Toast the almonds in a pan.
Place the fried dough on a plate. Pour the honey-sugar mixture on top and mix well. Drizzle with almonds and serve.