To have a fried dough for breakfast… After a teaspoon of slatko and a cup of coffee. In Sumrakovac village. Love it! The dough is called mekice, or mekike more often, and slatko is a type of fruit preserve that in Serbia we usually offer to the house guests as soon as they enter the door. It is served in a decorative bowl, alongside glasses, all filled with water. The guest eats a teaspoon of slatko, puts teaspoon in an empty glass and drinks from another. It’s an old custom and some people like to have it at their home first thing in the morning, before the coffee. So, back to mekice, the fried dough. It is basically a basic bread dough that Gaga‘s mom always has on hands. Flour + water + salt + yeast, and that’s it. Here, they eat them with fresh cheese, or sprinkled with sugar.
So, after you’ve prepared the dough according to your favorite bread recipe, after it has proofed, take pieces of it and shape like on the photo above. Let them hang over the edge of a bowl you’ve used for kneading and wait until the oil heats in the pan. Fry on both sides until they’re done. And if you want to go real authentic, fry them on the wooden stove :D
You can use any basic bread dough for this, your favorite one would be the best. I prepared them at home, using the next recipe, but of course, they weren’t as good as the ones on the photos ;)
Basic Bread Dough
20 g fresh yeast
500 ml luke warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
840 g – 1 kg sifted flour
Dissolve yeast in water and add salt and sugar. Add yeast to the flour and knead the dough. You don’t have to use all the flour at once, start with 840 g and then add as needed. You also don’t have to wait for the yeast too long; you can, but you don’t have to. While you sift the flour it will start to slightly bubble and that will be enough. When I prepare this dough, first I use fork to work it and then start kneading with hand. Then cover, let it double in volume, and then knead once more.
My advice: would be to prepare mekice with about 500 g flour. That amount will be enought for 3 hungry people for breakfast.
Note: I am sending this to Susan for YeastSpotting.