Category: Desserts

Dobos torta

Dobos torte

Dobos torte is the best and most famous Hungarian torte made of 6 paperthin sponge cake layers, filled with chocolate butter cream and topped with caramel slices. This six-layer cake was named after József...

Cat's eye

Cat’s eye – Macskaszem

The origin of cat’s eye or macskaszem is lost in the mists of time, but it’s sure that it belongs to the old fashioned Hungarian granny desserts. It’s likely that this pastry was named...

Apricot slices

Apricot slices

The sweet and tart apricot is in season in July, however, due to drought, this year’s yield is lower than usual in Hungary. Inspite of that I managed to find luscious, tree-ripened apricots on...

Rice pudding

Rice pudding with fruits

Fruity rice pudding is an easy-peasy dessert that makes hot summer days bearable. It’s a classic comfort food well loved the world over. Cooking the rice is the most time consuming phase, which requires...

Házi krémes

Hungarian krémes

Mille-feuille, mille foglie, Napoleon, vanilla slice, Crèmeschnitte, krémes – several names, but one recipe. They all refer to a much-loved dessert eaten all over the world which is made up of puff pastry and...

Madártej

Floating islands

Meringue floating on crème anglaise – this is the composition of this simple and light dessert of French origin. In Europe it’s known by different names: in France it’s called oeufs à la neige...

Mézes tészta

Honey-vanilla squares / Mézes tészta

As I haven’t found better translation for mézes tészta, I decided to use the term honey-vanilla squares. Honey-flavoured cakes are very mouth-watering, but you have to be very patient until the first bites since...

Gundel-crepes

Gundel crepes

We are a crepe eating nation. I have met nobody who isn’t fond of those beautiful paper thin pancakes. They can be sweet or salty, rolled up, layered or folded into quarters, filled with...

Rigó Jancsi

Rigó Jancsi

This old fashioned cake keeps the memory of a Hungarian-Belgian romantic story. It was named after Rigó Jancsi (1858-1927), who was a famous Hungarian gypsy violinist and toured with his orchestra all around Europe....

Mézes krémes

Mézes krémes

Mézes krémes is a delectable dessert, which is an excellent representative of those typical Hungarian cakes that are made from kneaded dough and cooked filling. Mézes krémes is a honey flavoured pastry filled with...

Magnates walnut pie

Magnate’s walnut pie

My grandmother often baked this walnut pie, especially for holidays. This pie can be stored without refrigeration, and it was a great thing in the old days when fridge didn’t even exist. Although written...

Hungarian curd cheese squares

Hungarian curd cheese squares in Rákóczi style

This sophisticated cake was named after János Rákóczi, a Hungarian confectioner and chef (1897-1966), its recipe was first published for a food magazine in 1937. It aquired international attention at the Expo in Brussels...

Somlo Trifle

Somlo trifle or somlói galuska is one of the most famous desserts of the Hungarian confectionery. Two legends are linked with its name; according to the first one the trifle was named after the...

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Plum coffeecake with cinnamon sour cream

In Hungary the most common fruit tree is plum tree. Two plum trees fall to every Hungarian citizens, their number mounts up to 25% of the country’s fruit trees. As the national drink Pálinka...

Dill and cottage cheese squares

Dill and cottage cheese squares

This dill and cottage cheese pie was my grandma’s favorite dessert. It’s a real peacetime recipe from her hand-written cookbook. In fact, it can be regarded as a distant relative of the English cheesecake....

Cottage cheese dumplings

Cottage cheese dumplings

Although it’s an easy-to-make dessert, it took years before I found the perfect recipe of these cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc). It was shared by a chef in a newspaper and since then my dumplings...

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