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A delicious Chak Chak recipe from Tatarstan. A Fried Honey Cake popular in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan and across Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. Chak Chak or Çäkçäk is served for guests, at weddings and celebrations.

Chak Chak (Чак-чак) Honey Cake

A delicious Chak Chak recipe from Tatarstan. A Fried Honey Cake popular in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan and across Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. Chak Chak (Чак-чак) or Çäkçäk is served for guests, at weddings and celebrations.

Course Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine Kazakhstan, Russian, Soviet, Tatar, Uzbek
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Peter's Food Adventures

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • tablespoons cognac or vodka
  • 200 grams toasted almonds optional
  • 3 cups of oil
  • 1 cup of honey
  • cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Using a whisk or a beater, beat the eggs together.
  2. Add the cognac or vodka and stir until mixed.
  3. Put the flour into a bowl and add the egg mixture and stir together breaking up any lumps and make a soft dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface and allow to rest for 15 minutes.

  4. Roll out the dough into a thin layer, about ½cm or ¼" thick.
  5. Cut the dough into thin long strips, about 1-2" wide. You will now have lots of long strips of dough. Layer 3-4 strips on top of each other to make cutting easier, just sprinkle enough flour so they don't stick. Cut these long strips into small pieces about ½ cm or ¼" wide. Shake them to separate immediately. Remember that their size will double or triple when you fry them in oil.

  6. Heat the oil on high until hot. Test by putting one piece of dough in the pot, and it should crackle and start to expand.
  7. Fry the dough pieces in small batches in the hot oil until golden yellow and set aside on a paper towel to drain the oil. (Don't overcook them so they are brown - keep lightly golden)
  8. Put the honey and sugar into a saucepan and cook on low for about 5 minutes and heated and sugar is dissolved into the honey. You can also use a double boiler to melt the sugar and honey together.
  9. In a frying pan, toast almonds on medium heat until they are golden brown and toasty.
  10. Prepare the plate that your Chak Chak will be presented on. Put the fried pieces of dough and toasted almonds into a large bowl and pour the hot honey mixture over and mix together using 2 wooden poons until it's all combined. You must work very fast, as the honey will set very quickly.
  11. Final step, place the Chak Chak on the plate and form a hill or a pyramid with your hands. Again, this must be done very quickly as it sets fast. It's helpful to wet you hands with cold water to help you form the pyramid.

  12. Refrigerate before serving to allow the Chak Chak to cool and set, or serve immediately warm in smaller portions.