Light and crunchy, ‘kvorost’ (хворост) pastries literally translate as “firewood chips”. A childhood favorite of anyone born before 1990s, this once incredibly popular home-made dessert is headed toward extinction.
An authentically Slavic sweet, khvorost was a staple on most holiday tables, and for some lucky kids on a simple Sunday afternoon.
Even moms who didn’t particularly like to bake knew how to spoil their children with a home-made treat. Sadly those part of the Millenial generation will probably have never tasted these morsels of goodness.
Made with eggs, flour, milk or sour cream, sugar and real butter, these crispy bites are out of this world delicious! If you’re in the mood to indulge your sweet tooth — and channel the Russian version of Betty Crocket — see our super simple kkvorost recipe below.
For your adult parties, we’re including an R rated version — with vodka. Feel free to skip the alcohol if you’re baking for the kids.
3 cups flour (try substituting with buckwheat flour)
1/2 cup milk
1 tb sugar
1 cup fresh sour cream
1 wineglass vodka
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar (optional)
3 cups of frying oil
1) Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl or food processor. In a separate bowl beat the eggs together to incorporate egg whites and yolk.
2) Add milk, sour cream and beaten eggs to the dry ingredients and mix. Add vodka and mix until dough is smooth in texture.
3) Thinly roll out dough on a flat surface. Cut into 4 inch long strips, and about 1 inch wide.
4) Slice the center of each strip and push one end of the dough through to form a cork-like effect. You can also twist the strips into shape.
5) Bring frying oil up to a high temperature in a frying pan or pot and drop in pieces of dough. Flip and fry until golden brown. Rest them on a plate lined with paper napkins to absorb the excess oil.
6) Serve warm or cooled sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Our preserves have no artificial flavors for that all natural sweet taste. You can use our preserves for your peanut butter sandwich, but why not try something new and put our preserves on a delicious batch of Russian pancakes – Oladi.