Khvorost

Khvorost-5  Khvorost is a traditional Russian crispy sweet which made out of dough, shaped into twisted ribbons and deep-fried. The name means ‘brushwood’, it was given because of similar look to a real brushwood and  a sound ‘crack-crack’ when you bite the crunchy sweet khvorost. 🙂
 Khvorost was very popular in the 18-19th centuries and commonly eaten among petty bourgeois, shopkeepers, clerks and students, who could gather and spend a little amount of money on this crunchy treat.
  When pastry and confectionery industry progressed after 1930-50th, bringing more sweet products such as caramel candies and variety of cookies the khvorost itself became less popular.
Ingredients
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp sour cream
100 ml full-fat milk
2 Tbsp cognac (or vodka)
pinch of salt
500g flour (white, all-purpose)
icing sugar for dusting
sunflower oil for deep-drying
Method
 Whisk well egg yolks with sour cream, milk, cognac and salt. Adding the flour gradually to the egg mixture, knead a dough until soft, cohesive and no longer sticky (thus don’t add all the flour at once, or even add some if needed).
 Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap, let it rest for 20-30 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1cm/0.4″ thick. Cut strips (2-3cm/1″ width and 8-10cm/3-4″ length), make a small cut in each strip and fold one edge into it.
 Heat the oil in a large pan and cook khvorost on both sides until golden (1-2 minutes). Ready ones set on a paper towel to get rid of fat excess.
 Sprinkle with a good quantity of icing sugar.
Sugar is not added into genuine classic khvorost dough , that helps to make it more fluffy; thus sprinkle lots of icing sugar or pour some honey over ready ‘ribbons’ .
Khvorost-3 Enjoy with a cup of black tea or milk, or leave some for the morning coffee! 😉Khvorost-4Follow my blog with Bloglovin

34 thoughts on “Khvorost

    • Thank you for such kind comment, Suzanne! I love it too, but it has so many calories and I’m trying to eat deep-fried food only few times a year 😉

  1. Oh.. This is a beautiful thing!! Yum!!! Thank you so much for the history… The perfect photos and instruction on how to make these delightful treats! This is a keeper… I will give them a try.. A perfect project for a weekend at our cabin.
    Wonderful post!

  2. Oh my gosh, Mila!!! These look amazing. We have something similar in Italy and they are so good. Some of my friends are Russian. Now I know what to make to surprise them. Thank you!

  3. Oh wow!! They must be really nice!!! We have a similar thing in Italy called ‘bugie’ and I love them! They are typical sweets for the Carnival season. Lovely recipe, thank you!

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