Baranka is traditional Russian bread product made from dough that has been boiled before baking and is usually offered as an appetizer for tea. Most Russian people are dipping barankas into tea to moisturize them, as they are rather dry and hard to eat as is, although you can certainly eat them as is if you want. In Russia people have the specific tea drinking tradition, not as elaborate as tea ceremony in China or Japan, of course, but still we have some unique elements as well. One of such elements are the products we may eat while drinking the tea, and baranka is one of such products, although not the only one. Other products in the baked goods sections, such as wafers or pryanik, are also often present on the table of the Russian families while drinking tea, as well as a selection of candies and other sweets.
In the days of Russian Empire the rich citizens, such as merchants, would often display the barankas in their house as a decoration, because their ring shape symbolized the sun. Nowadays, of course, nobody does that, but the tradition to drink the tea with Russian barankas is still alive and there is a wide selection of barankas now with many additives and flavors. Like barankas with poppy seeds, or barankas with vanilla. All of these varieties of barankas you can buy in Russian Candies shop, while simultaneously shopping for the other tea snacks, like WAFERS or PRYANIK, which are also very good and are traditional tea drinking sweets of the Russian people. Buy Russian baranka to experience the tea drinking life of the Russian merchants of old or just enjoy the taste of barankas as is.