One of the food symbols of our city is "Pyshka"(Пышка).
Pyshka is a traditional Saint-Petersburg desert. It appeared in the 1930s here, though in Russia they were known since Ivan the Terrible times. If you've been to the city and haven't tried dusted with powdered sugar Pyshki with draft coffee, you don't know the taste of Saint-Petersburg.
There is an eternal debate about what is Pyshka exactly. Muscovites call it a donut, sufganiyah in Israel, pączki in Poland, beignet in France.
But don't you dare call Pyshka as a donut in front of Saint-Petersburger. We consider it as an insult :D
Where to try Pyshki in Saint-Petersburg?
Pyshki is one of our favorite desserts, so you can fin plenty of places that serve them while walking in the city.
But the oldest, the most famous and historical place that serves them is Pyshechnaya located on Bolshaya Konyushennaya St, 25
And if you decided to cook Saint-Petersburg Pyshki by yourself.
The traditional Russian Pyshka receipt is:
INGREDIENTS For 8 portions: Wheat flour _______ 530 g Chicken egg _______ 1 piece Fresh yeast _______ 16 g Water _______ 310 ml Sugar _______ 60 g Vegetable oil _____ 30 ml Salt ______ 5 g Deep fat oil ______ 1 l Powdered sugar to taste
1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water with added sugar and leave for 5 minutes. Add flour, egg, and butter and knead the dough. Knead for about 7 minutes, add vegetable oil and knead for another 10 minutes. 2. Cover the dough with foil and put it in a warm place for 2-3 hours. It should triple. 3. Slightly knead the risen dough and leave to stand again. When it rises to the previous volume, roll out and cut out the crumpets using two round shapes of different diameters. 4. Fry Pyshka in heated vegetable oil on both sides. Place them on paper towels to get rid of excess oil. Sprinkle the finished Pyshki with powdered sugar and serve immediately.