Desserts

The desserts of Eurasia are often unabashedly fat-heavy, but derive most of their sweetness and distinctive flavors from the honey and wild berries found in that great landmass. One remarkable exception to this are Caucasian deserts, which are often focused on fruit and nuts with fats being considerably rarer. All cultures in this part of the world will traditionally drink tea with dessert – or sometimes as dessert.

Baursak: The Donut of Hospitality

Throughout much of Central Asia, one type of bread stands out from all the rest – баурсак (baursak). These small pieces of fried dough are known throughout Central Asia among many of the Turkic and Mongolian-speaking peoples there. In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan especially, they are served as everyday fare accompanied by tea and are staple […]

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