Darunyak – Crane’s neck

by | May 24, 2024 | Desserts

Darunyak, translated as crane’s neck, is a cherished Hungarian dessert that bears a striking resemblance to strudel but is notably easier to make. The name darunyak aptly describes its impressive length, akin to a crane’s neck, before it is sliced into manageable pieces for serving. This dessert is celebrated for its versatility, with popular fillings including walnuts, poppy seeds, and plum butter, allowing for a delightful range of flavors that cater to various preferences.

Darunyak - Crane's neck
Darunyak – Crane’s neck – 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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