Bonfire stack – Máglyarakás

by | Jan 25, 2016 | Desserts

Bonfire stack or máglyarakás is a good example for food recycling: stale bread, crescents or sweet bread (kalács) take on a new meaning in this very simple, but variable dessert. This dainty is actually a flashy and tasty bread pudding enriched with apple, apricot jam and with a lovely meringue on the top. Máglyarakás should not been underestimated because of the fact that leftover bakery products are used; quality ingredients enhance its image.

As I mentioned, stale bread or crescents are the base of this bread pudding. But if you don’t have any leftover, you can make sweet bread sticks (gubarúd) 1-2 days earlier. Bread pieces are soaked in a light custard, which makes them soft and creamy. Instead of apple and apricot jam you can choose any kind of fruit or jam; possibilities are limited only by your imagination. The sole thing that can’t be left out is the meringue; this is what distinguishes bonfire stack from the other bread puddings.

Bonfire stack / Máglyarakás
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