Let’s make szaloncukor

by | Dec 19, 2015 | Desserts

Szaloncukor has been an essential element of the Hungarian Christmas since the 19th century (you can read about its story here). Nowadays every decent confectionery factory that is present on the Hungarian market also produces szaloncukor. The shelves of stores are now groaning under heap of candies with different fillings. You can choose from a wide product range, from the cheap mass-produced candies to the expensive hand-made bonbons. Everyone can find the filling that suits their taste.

I have never made szaloncukor before, however it has been on my to-do list for a while. I have always put off this matter because I thought it would demand much time and effort, and frankly, I’m not a fan of work requiring handiness and much patience. But this year I brought myself to give it a try, on the condition if I could find easy-to-use recipes that wouldn’t call for special gadgets like sugar thermometer,silicone moulds, marble board for tempering the chocolate, etc.

Finally I decided to make walnut, coconut and milk caramel filled bonbons. Beginners like me can have a go at the following three recipes,  success is garantueed. My first szaloncukor turned out better than expected, appearance could be better, but intrinsic value far surpasses store-bought candies.

Orange-walnut szaloncukor
Orange-walnut filling – 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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