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Baursaki with Berries and Cream Cheese Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

Special equipment needed:
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk
- Rolling pin
- Skillet or frying pan
- Slotted spoon
- Paper towels
- Electric mixer (optional)

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Whisk together until well combined.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt, vegetable oil, and egg until smooth.
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms.
4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
5. Divide the dough into small balls, about the size of a golf ball.
6. Roll out each ball into a thin circle, about 1/4 inch thick.
7. Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
8. Add the baursaki to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
9. Use a slotted spoon to remove the baursaki from the skillet and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil.
10. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
11. Serve the baursaki warm with a dollop of the cream cheese mixture and a sprinkle of mixed berries on top.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
5. Temperature:
Skillet or frying pan should be heated to medium-high heat.
Serving size:
This recipe makes about 12-15 baursaki, serving size is 2-3 per person.

Nutritional information:
Calories: 180
Fat: 8g
Carbohydrates: 22g
Protein: 5g
Sodium: 280mg
Sugar: 4g
Fiber: 1g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Whole wheat flour can be substituted for all-purpose flour.
- Greek yogurt can be substituted for plain yogurt.
- Strawberries or raspberries can be used instead of mixed berries.
- Mascarpone cheese can be substituted for cream cheese.

- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough for extra flavor.
- Drizzle honey or maple syrup over the baursaki instead of cream cheese and berries.
- Serve with a side of whipped cream or ice cream for a dessert version.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the skillet or frying pan is hot before adding the baursaki to prevent them from sticking.
- Don't overcrowd the skillet, cook the baursaki in batches if necessary.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the baursaki from the skillet to prevent excess oil from being absorbed.

Storage instructions:
Baursaki can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat, place the baursaki in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Arrange the baursaki on a platter and top with the cream cheese mixture and berries. Garnish with mint leaves or edible flowers for a pop of color.

Mint leaves, edible flowers, powdered sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Suggested side dishes:
Fresh fruit salad, yogurt, or granola.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a little more milk or yogurt.
- If the baursaki are too tough, knead the dough for a few more minutes to develop gluten.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the baursaki thoroughly to prevent any foodborne illnesses.

Food history:
Baursaki is a traditional Kazakh and Uzbek fried bread that is typically served as a snack or side dish.

Flavor profiles:
The baursaki are savory and slightly sweet, while the cream cheese and berries add a tangy and fruity flavor.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the baursaki warm with a cup of coffee or tea for a cozy and comforting snack.

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Taste: Sweet, Tangy, Creamy, Fruity