I use to love these little tea bread when I was a child and I still love them today. I buy them often in a Russian grocery store near by but always had a desire to bake them myself. Sushki are slightly sweet crunchy round pastries/cookies which are served with tea or eaten as a snack. They look like mini bagels but they are very dry and crispy. They are fun to make, actually, our whole family was making them – that is why our sushki look all different-)) It’s ok, we had some good time. I like them with poppy seeds, but you can make them plain or top them with sesame seeds as well.
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Hope you had a very nice Easter weekend!
Illustration by Yelena Strokin
Sushki – Sweet Tea Bread
- 2 1/2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (110g) water
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar for the dough
- 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
- 2 Tbsp. sugar for water (to cook)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, egg, water, and salt into a firm dough. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for about 25 minutes. Cut the dough into small pieces (about 15 grams each), and roll them out into 5-6 inch strings. Make rings by putting the ends together.
In a large, heavy pot, bring 5 cups of water and the sugar to a boil. In batches, add the rings to the water and boil, turning, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Place the boiled sushki rings on a baking sheet and sprinkle with poppy seeds or leave them plain. Bake sushki until they are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.