Banana leaves from Orosháza

by | Nov 12, 2014 | Breads, buns & biscuits

Banana leaves are a brioche-like pastry, that are named after their shape, and contrary to their name they don’t contain banana. It’s made from a simple sweet dough similar to brioche, filled with butter creamed with sugar and cocoa or cinnamon.

Orosháza is a small town in the Southern Great Plain region where the inventor of ‘banana leaf’ lived in the first half of the 20th century. He was Bertalan Pável, a local baker whose intention was to create a special-shaped brioche. His product was very popular and the customers began to call it banana or banana leaf.

Banana leaves are produced only in smaller bakeries since it requires a lot of manual work and the technological steps can’t be mechanized. However, its professional significance is well represented by the fact that baker apprentices are still trained today how to make banana leaves.

Banana leaves from Orosháza
Banana leaves from Orosháza – photo: zserbo.com
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