Author: Eszter

Chimney Cake

Chimney Cake (or Kürtőskalács in Hungarian) is a popular pastry specific to the Hungarian-speaking regions, mainly to Szekler Land (East Transylvania). You can get it at festivals, funfairs, at the beach, and even from...

The great tale-teller’s favorite soup

Jókai bean soup is named after Mór Jókai (1825-1904), one of the greatest Hungarian writers. He was the greatest figure of Hungarian romantic prose. But his enormous life-work can’t be categorized only in one...

Pork stew with sauerkraut

Pork stew with sauerkraut is an obligatory dish of pig-killing day in several regions of the country. Traditionally it’s served for lunch, it’s a real energy bomb, very tasty, high in calories, but it...

A world famous Hungarian spice

There is a common trait of many Hungarian dishes, namely they are inconceivable without paprika. If you browse in the old cook books of the 17th and 18th centuries, you can’t find paprika mentioned...

Pig Slaughter

Pig slaughter is a very important event in the villages, a part of the Hungarian culture for centuries. Pig is killed to provide the family with meat. It traditionally takes place in the winter...

Beigli

Several legends circulate about the beigli’s origin, but it’s sure that it appeared in Hungary in the second half of the 19th century and since then there is no Christmas without this pastry. Its...

Szaloncukor

Szaloncukor is a traditional Hungarian Christmas candy, a real Hungarikum which means that this candy is special, unique and only characteristic of Hungary. It was originally made of fondant, covered by chocolate. It’s wrapped...

Fedák Cake – In memory of a great actress

This cake cherishes the memory of Sári Fedák (1879-1955), one of the best known and most successful Hungarian actresses. She was one the greatest operetta prima donnas of the Hungarian theatre in the 20th...

Home-made Sweet Chestnut Puree

Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) belongs to the family of beech species and it’s unrelated to water and horse chestnut. Originally native to South-Eastern Europe and it has been grown since ancient times. The Romans...

Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is one of the most typical winter dishes in Hungary. It spread in Hungary in the 18th century due to Turkish influence. It’s prepared in large quantities as you can eat it...

Sauerkraut – The real multivitamin

Sauerkraut is a typical raw material of the Hungarian cuisine, ingredient of several Hungarian dishes. Sauerkraut is finely sliced cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria. Mankind has been growing cabbage...

Sunflower shaped sweet bread

This sweet bread is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but its taste is also heavenly. It isn’t as difficult to prepare it as it seems. Ingredients: For the dough: 660 g (~5 1/4 cups) flour...

Chicken (or Duck) Soup with Quince

This soup is a less common form of using quince in our country. It can be made from chicken or duck. A very unusual taste for those who only know the quince cream soup,...

Quince Paste

Quince is one of the most divisive fruits: you love or hate it, but you can’t be indifferent to it. 40-50 types of quince trees are grown worlwide, 10-15 types are well-known in Hungary,...

Kugler Cake

As I mentioned in the previous post, Henrik Kugler was the renowned confectioner of Budapest in the 19th century. The cream of the Hungarian aristocracy, as well as artists, writers spent the afternoons in...

Zserbó

Zserbó / Gerbeaud Slice

Gerbeaud slice is named after the world-famous confectionery, Café Gerbeaud, which is situated at Vörösmarty square 7 in Budapest. It’s one of the greatest and most traditional café-confectioneries in Europe. The legend of Gerbeaud...