Túrós ökörszem

by | Feb 17, 2017 | Breads, buns & biscuits

Even though there would be a demand for it since many people remember this pastry with certain nostalgia, you can find ökörszem in Hungarian bakeries very rarely. Ökörszem, which literally means ox’s eye in English and can also refer to the small bird Eurasian wren, is a soft yeast dough pastry with a creamy cottage cheese filling and some raisins on top.

Preparing the dough resembles brioche, the difference is that it’s rolled out and 4 inch circles are cut out. I used a hand blender to make the filling smooth and creamy, but if you prefer if the cottage cheese is more crumbly, just simply mix up the ingredients. Raisins are optional, if you don’t like them, feel free to omit them.

Túrós ökörszem
Túrós ökörszem – 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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