Twisted plum jam doughnuts

by | Mar 23, 2020 | Breads, buns & biscuits

Doughnuts are everywhere. Ring doughnuts, long doughnuts, filled or twisted – there are plenty of choices. Since the 14th century they have conquered the whole world. Hungary is no exception.

Doughnuts started to spread in Hungary in the 19th century, and besides the well-known carnival ribboned doughnuts each region has developed its own doughnut version over the last century.

These spectacular and enticing twisted doughnuts originate from Penyige, a small village in Szabolcs, near the Ukrainien border. They are not only twisted, but also filled with homemade, sugar-free, ebony black plum jam.

There are two things you have to pay attention to while making the doughnuts. Cut 25-30 cm / 10-12″ long ropes in order to be able to twist them. They are massive doughnuts, so you have to fry them slowly over low heat to avoid that they remain uncooked in the middle.

Twisted plum jam doughnuts
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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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