Category: Desserts

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...

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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 cook book. In fact, it can be regarded as a distant relative of the English...

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. It was shared by a chef in a newspaper and since then my dumplings are...

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Hungarian apple pie

Hungarian apple pie my favorite dessert. Its grandeur lies in the recipe’s simplicity. Apple and cinnamon wrapped in short pastry – the world’s best flavour combination. It turns the grey weekdays into holiday. I...

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Heavenly apricot pie

Sweet. Fragrant. Beautiful. These three words come to my mind when we are talking about apricot. It’s one of the most valueable and healthy fruits. It’s perhaps the best source of vitamin A, beside...

Indiáner

The story of the Indiáner relates closely to the Theater an der Wien whose intendant was Count Ferdinánd Pálffy in the first half of the 19th century. The count took notice of an Indian...

Szaloncukor

Szaloncukor is a traditional Hungarian Christmas candy, a real Hungarikum which means that this candy is special, unique and only characteristic of Hungary. It was originally made of fondant, covered by chocolate. It’s wrapped...

Fedák Cake – In memory of a great actress

This cake cherishes the memory of Sári Fedák (1879-1955), one of the best known and most successful Hungarian actresses. She was one the greatest operetta prima donnas of the Hungarian theatre in the 20th...

Home-made Sweet Chestnut Puree

Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) belongs to the family of beech species and it’s unrelated to water and horse chestnut. Originally native to South-Eastern Europe and it has been grown since ancient times. The Romans...

Quince Paste

Quince is one of the most divisive fruits: you love or hate it, but you can’t be indifferent to it. 40-50 types of quince trees are grown worlwide, 10-15 types are well-known in Hungary,...

Kugler Cake

As I mentioned in the previous post, Henrik Kugler was the renowned confectioner of Budapest in the 19th century. The cream of the Hungarian aristocracy, as well as artists, writers spent the afternoons in...