Túrós ökörszem

Even though there would be a demand for it since many people remember this pastry with certain nostalgia, you can find ökörszem in Hungarian bakeries very rarely. Ökörszem, which literally means ox’s eye in English and can also refer to the small bird Eurasian wren, is a soft yeast dough pastry with a creamy cottage cheese filling and some raisins on top.

Preparing the dough resembles brioche, the difference is that it’s rolled out and 4 inch circles are cut out. I used a hand blender to make the filling smooth and creamy, but if you prefer if the cottage cheese is more crumbly, just simply mix up the ingredients. Raisins are optional, if you don’t like them, feel free to omit them.

Túrós ökörszem

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 500 g (~4 cups) flour
  • 100 g (~1/2 cup) sugar
  • 25 g fresh yeast (2 1/2 tsp dry yeast)
  • 250 ml (~1 cup) milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • seeds of a half vanilla bean

For the cottage cheese cream:

  • 250 g (~1/2 lb) cottage cheese
  • 100 g (~1/2 cup) sugar
  • seeds of a half vanilla bean
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • half a handful of raisins
  • 1 egg for the egg wash

Mix yeast, a tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of flour into tepid milk, and let it rise.

Place flour in a bowl, add egg yolks, vanilla, salt, sugar and activated yeast, and knead until smooth and pliable. Cover and leave the dough to rest for about an hour.

Soak the raisins in lukewarm water, then prepare the cottage cheese cream. Mix together cottage cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and egg yolk using a hand blender to make it creamier.

On a floured surface roll out the dough until 1 cm/half inch thick. Cut out 10 cm/4 inch circles, place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover and let them rise for 20 minutes.

Prehet the oven to 180°C.

Make a hollow in the middle of each circle with the bottom of a water glass.

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Brush the top with beaten egg and spoon some filling in the hollows. Scatter some raisins on the top of the cream and bake the buns for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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