The fried dough, called – mekitsi in European and more specifically in Bulgaria, is popular and favorite breakfast among kids, and adults. You can often see them prepared and served at homes and restaurants and you can enjoy them sweet (covered with sugar or your favorite jam) and savory (with creamy feta cheese). If you have ever visited Bulgaria, or have Bulgarian friend, the chances are you have tried those tasty and fluffy cakes. Preparing them at home is easy and fast.
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|Warm water.||1 cup.|
|All-purpose flour.||3 cups.|
Preparing the dough:
In large, deep bowl put 1 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons yeast, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and whisk it all together. Let this mixture sit for about 5 minutes. Start adding flour a little bit at a time, while kneading, until you have a soft and slightly sticky dough. Don’t knead the dough for too long. Kneading the dough for a long time will make it tough and that is not what we want. Leave the dough to rest and rise for about 30 min. The time depends on your room temperature and humidity.
Forming the mekitsi:
Once the dough has risen and increased its size, prepare a work place. Sprinkle with flour to prevent sticking. Separate the dough in two equal parts (balls). Roll each part into a thin round and cut into squares. If you like, fill the squares with your favorite cheese and roll to form a triangle mekitsi filled with cheese.
Cooking the mekitsi:
In frying pan put oil enough to cover the mekitsi. Preheat the oil and fry over medium heat for about 2 min. at each side, or until golden brown. Once ready you can sprinkle with powder sugar, or enjoy with your favorite jam, cheese or chocolate.