Kokosh cake – Kakaós kalács

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Breads, buns & biscuits

A few weeks ago I got an email whose sender was looking for the recipe of kokosh cake. I couldn’t help her instantly, as I had never heard of it before. After browsing several websites I realized that kokosh cake is the lesser-known, flatter, denser, less attractive Hungarian sibling of the world-famous babka cake. Kokosh cake, which translates to kakaós kalács, is a traditional pastry among Hungarian Jews, and it’s baked for Sabbath.

Kokosh cake is a cocoa filled yeast dough roll. Some recipes use a plain mixture of cocoa powder and sugar, others call for some oil to make the filling creamy. This cocoa filling is often enriched with ground poppy seeds, and I have found recipes that also add orange juice to the filling. I filled the first roll with only cocoa, and for the second roll I combined cocoa with ground poppy seeds and homemade marmalade. (Source of the recipe: szombat.org)

Kokosh cake
Kokosh cake with cocoa filling – photo: zserbo.com
Kokosh cake with cocoa and poppy seeds
Kokosh cake with cocoa, poppy seed and marmalade filling – 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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