A collection of Hungarian recipes and home cooking

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Category: Desserts & Bakes

kossuth-kifli

“Kossuth” Hungarian Lemon Walnut Crescents – Kossuth Kifli

A simple but special light buttery lemon sponge cakes with toasted sugary walnuts on top. The name is paying homage to Lajos Kossuth, lawyer, journalist, politician, statesman and Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the revolution of 1848–49. The story goes that he spent…
easter bread

Easter Plaited Milk Bread – Húsvéti kalács

  This light sweet plaited loaf looks fabulous on the Easter table and is often paired with savory ham slices and cooked eggs.  They are also great simply buttered with jam. It’s a yeast dough slightly sweetened with sugar. Fat is introduced in the form…
Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies – Linzer Karika

These classic little cookies from a few ingredients are always a hit. They are crumbly in texture and delicate in flavour. I would make them all year round not just at Christmas. Fun to make and worth a try! Ingredients – makes 16 pieces (5”…
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Hungarian Cherry Sponge Cake – Cseresznyés Lepény

A delicious versatile cake to make with many seasonal fruits of the continental summer. Cherry or sour cherry being most popular but the apricot and plum ones are very nice too. These were often served in Hungary after a heavier soup as a second course…
hungarian doughnuts

Hungarian Doughnut ribbons – Csörögefánk, forgácsfánk

These doughnuts might be called dough-knots as you literally making a kind of knot on the pastry ribbons before frying. They are tasty and indulgent without being too heavy. February is the time of the year when in Hungary traditionally doughnuts are eaten. Before lent…
Hungarian dessert recipes

Golden Walnut Dumplings – Aranygaluska

I meant to make this for a long time and can’t remember when I had it last. Well, it is very nice! A perfect Sunday lunch family treat. The Hungarian name “arany-galuska” here literally means “golden nuggets” or maybe “glorified noodles” but they probably best…
lekvaros-bukta

Sweet Jam Filled Buns – Lekváros bukta

These soft and light jam filled buns are often served as a second course after a soup lunch. Any leftovers would be nice for breakfast with tea or coffee.   I found some “plum butter” in the supermarket, which gave me the idea to have a go…
poppy seed apricot dumplings

Poppy-seed Apricot Dumplings – Mákos Barackos Gombóc

One of the highlights of  summer is when the golden deep yellow apricots come into season. Hungary is blessed with a wonderful climate for this fruit. My family used to have a big apricot orchard and  I never got tired picking the fruit there.  Jam…
sweet poppy seed pasta

Poppy-seed Pasta – Mákos Tészta

Poppy seed is widely used for a variety of sweet cakes and bakes in Hungary and this dish can’t be more simple to assemble.  All we need is some tagliatelle or wide strip pasta, poppy-seeds and sugar.  The only fiddly bit that the poppy-seeds must…
Hungarian Apple Cake

Apple slices – Almás pite

Simple and delicious little cakes with the winning combination of crumbly pastry, apples fused with cinamon and vanilla, perfect with a cup of coffee. Sprinkle some roughly chopped walnuts in the filling to make it even better .
Hungarian doughnuts

Hungarian Carnival Doughnuts – Farsangi fánk

In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent starts early January and ends mid February. During this time many fun festivities, masquerades, balls taking place in order to scare off winter and welcome spring. One of the traditional foods are these sweet doughnuts served…
Chocolate roll pastry

Hungarian Chocolate Roll Pastries – Kakaós tekercs

“Kakaós tekercs” (Chocolate roll) or “Kakaós csiga” (Chocolate snail) is a much-loved popular breakfast pastry in Hungary, especially amongst children, and the subject of mild envy at the elevenses break at school if someone had these. Story time: Once I politely offered a bit to…
Szilvas Gomboc, plum dumplings

Hungarian plum dumplings – szilvásgombóc

A family favourit and children’s delight. Ripe plum with a bit of sugar and a hint of cinamon encased in a soft potato dough cooked then rolled in toasted breadcrumbs.
Hungarian pancakes

Hungarian Pancakes – Palacsinta

Who doesn’t like pancakes? Hungarian pancakes are one of a kind, more like crepes. I find them quite distinctive from other types of just as lovely pancakes I tasted elsewhere. They are thin and delicate, made with part milk and part sparkling water, giving it…
krumplis-pogacsa

Featherlight Sesame Bites – Krumplis Pogácsa

Perfect party snack or weekend nibble.  These scones are incredibly soft and light even the next day thanks to the mashed potato in the dough.  Could be made to use up any mashed potato leftovers (adjusting the butter content accordingly  if the ready-made mash is…
Zserbo Cake

Zserbo Cakes step by step

A Hungarian Christmas classic. The apricot jam and walnut encased in the crumbly pastry with the smooth rich chocolate top taste delicious together. My whole close and extended family expects (demands) these at Christmas now since I first ventured to make them a couple of…
Snowy Crescent Cakes, Hókifli

Snow Crescents, Hungarian Christmas Cookies

Delicate filled Christmas cookies with a generous dusting of icing sugar. They keep very well for days or even over a week so can be made ahead of the festivities and stored in a tin for friends and visitor drop ins, they are lovely with…
Hungarian Poppy Seed Bread

Hungarian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding

This lovely Hungarian dessert is made of the crescent shaped Hungarian bread-roll “kifli”, grinded poppy seeds, milk, vanilla and honey. A favoured pudding at the Christmas festivities as the plentiful of little poppy seeds traditionally were believed to bring luck and fortune. Ingredients 300g sweet…
hungarian-cheese-scones

Cheese Scones – Sajtos Pogácsa

These scones are fluffy and light and make a pretty good party snack or weekend treat. The recipe could be extended or changed easily, could use feta cheese and extra sliced olives, maybe chopped sun dried tomatos for a Mediterranean feel. Ingredients (makes about 40…
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Floating Islands Dessert / Eggs in Snow / Madártej

This heavenly family dessert is living a bit of a renaissance these days in Hungary even appearing on the dessert list of some posh restaurants.  Made with milk eggs sugar and vanilla, it is a chilled  crème anglaise with a fluffy meringue top.  Similar dishes…
Hungarian Cherry Cake

Hungarian Sour Cherry Lattice Pie – Meggyes Pite

Another sour cherry summer recipe following my earlier post on the chilled sour cherry soup. Ingredients 800 gram (~1.8lb) sour cherries 200 gram (7 oz) pastry/plain flour 200 gram (1.7 stick) butter at room temperature 2 medium eggs 250 gram caster sugar (8.8 oz) (150g for the…
rica souffle

Hungarian Rice Pudding Souffle – Rizsfelfújt

A nice fluffy warming vanila delight best served warm, with some apricot jam.
turogomboc, hungarian quark cheese dumplings

Hungarian Sweet Quark Cheese Dumplings

I even surprised myself how well these dumplings turned out.   They are warmingly filling, a savory-sweet dish that is a hot favourite in many if not all Hungarian kitchens.  It’s often offered in restaurants on their dessert list but also makes a decent second course…

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