On a lovely Thursday, we would like to introduce one of the Russian’s sweets.
Sushki (sg. sushka) are traditional Russian small, crunchy, mildly sweet bread rings eaten for dessert, usually with tea. Similar breads are bagels.
Pre-packaged sushki can be found in markets that sell Russian foods. They are sometimes topped with poppy seeds.
Sushki look like mini bagels (in Russian bubliki), but bite into one without prior caution and you could end up losing a tooth. I even suspect they may be bullet proof! However their legendary toughness has stood them in good stead when it comes to arduous journeys across Russia. Merchants and travelers would put a string through them and hang them up somewhere to be taken off and eaten at leisure.
The word sushki comes from the Russian “sushit”, to dry. In fact the recipe is very simple. Flour, egg, water and salt are combined into a dough which is then boiled. Sounds a bit dour doesn’t it? But the water has sugar dissolved in it which infuses into the dough to make a sweet teatime sushki snack.
But how do you eat it! The key is tea! Russians are tea drinkers on a par with the British and when taking tea it is customary to dunk your sushki to soften it up. Not so hard are you now, sweet little bagel!
Enjoy your tea and risk to try some international sweets!
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