Meggyes pite – Sour cherry squares

by | Jul 1, 2016 | Desserts

The history of pies dates back thousands of years. Archaeological finds prove that people already baked filled pastries 9500 BC. Those pies with salty (meat, fish or vegetable) filling were foods for travelling. Sweet fillings spread only thousands of years later, around the 6th century BC, when sugar cane was discovered.

The definition of the Hungarian pite doesn’t completely equal to the English pie. Similar to pie pite primarily means those pastries that consist of two layers of shortcrust pastry with a sweet (or sometimes a salty) filling between them. The top of this kind of pite can be smooth or latticed.

Besides the traditional pies some of the so called mixed, spongecake like cakes (all the ingredients are mixed together and the batter is poured into a pan) are also called pite, in this case the batter is topped with fruits (sour cherry, cherry, raspberry, apricot, etc.). In connection with those yeast pastries that are filled with for example cottage cheese, walnut, poppy seeds or apple opinions vary if they should be called pite or lepény.

The batter of sour cherry squares is very fluffy, it looks like spongecake, but it’s much richer and better. It contains butter, sour cream and milk that are all added to make the cake light and airy. Not only sour cherries go well with this pite, feel free to replace them with any other fruits you like or you have at hand.

Meggyes-pite / Sour cherry squares
Meggyes pite – Sour cherry squares – photo:
To read the recipe, become a member or log in.
Log in Join Now


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.

Pin It on Pinterest