Hungarian plum jam biscuits – Lekváros papucs

by | Nov 6, 2015 | Breads, buns & biscuits

I dare to declare that these lovely plum jam biscuits are as popular (if not more popular) as scones in Hungary. Their Hungarian name is lekváros papucs, which literally means plum jam slippers referring to their shapes.  There is no uniform recipe, every household has its own, so they can be prepared in many ways. The base is usually a yeast dough, but I have already eaten biscuits made of puff pastry. The filling is always shiny black plum jam, which is – as far as possible – homemade and unsweetened. This kind of jam is heat resistant, so you don’t have to fear that it flows out from the biscuits.

In my family we bake plum jam biscuits according to 2 different recipes. The first one is made of a plain yeast dough containing lard and sour cream. This dough is a bit sweet. In case of the second recipe the starting point is the salty dough of the traditional crackling scones, the only difference is that the ingredients are simply kneaded together into a smooth dough, which is not folded. You might now wonder how crazy we are because we combine a salty crackling dough with sweet plum jam, but trust me, this is one of the best flavour pairing on Earth.

If you prepare plum jam biscuits, you might face one problem, namely the 2 pinched corners sometimes come apart during baking, inspite of the egg wash. If it occurs, don’t make a tragedy of it and don’t go into exile, it can happen to the professionals, too. That mistake doesn’t diminish the biscuits’ taste and value.

Plain yeast dough

Hungarian plum jam biscuits
Lekváros papucs – Plum jam biscuits – photo: zserbo.com
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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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