Bean scones – Babos pogácsa

by | Apr 12, 2024 | Breads, buns & biscuits

The millennial jewel of the northwestern tip of Hungary, Sopron is not only rich in sights, centuries-old legends and strange stories, but the gastronomy of our most faithful city is unrivalled in the diverse palette of Hungarian food culture. Sopron and the surrounding area have always been famous for their bilingualism. When you enter Sopron’s restaurants and wine bars, you will sooner or later come across a foreign-sounding term: poncichter. The poncichters were Sopron’s German-speaking vine-growers, their name deriving from the German Bohnenzüchter, meaning bean-grower.

Poncichters played a major role in the development of wine culture of the Sopron Historic Wine Region and in the promotion of Sopron wine’s reputation. In order to maximise their land and their profits, they planted beans among the vines. This had a dual function: on the one hand, the beans were useful for the vines, since the roots of the bean plant are home to nitrogen-fixing bacteria. On the other hand, farmers used beans to make up for lost income in a bad vintage.

Poncichters were not wealthy farmers and served simple but nutritious meals on their tables, both on weekdays and holidays. Beans were the staple of the Sopron vine-growers’ diet, prepared and eaten in a variety of soups, main courses and desserts. Bean scones are a popular snack, they are made from a dough that contains puréed dried beans and a significant amount of lard, which give the scones a unique flavour and texture.

Bean scones - Babos pogácsa
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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