Ördögpirula – Hungarian beignets coated in cocoa

by | Oct 22, 2021 | Desserts

Ördögpirula translates as the devil’s pills, though it feels like heaven when you eat them. If we would like to find a fitting non-Hungarian term for ördögpirula, the French word beignet (fritter) can describe it quite precisely. These deep-fried Hungarian beignets are made from choux pastry and rolled in sweetened cocoa powder. One of the amazing things about choux pastry is the amount of rise you get without any yeast or chemical leavening. This comes from the amount of moisture in the batter.

Choux pastry is a twice-cooked, multi-purpose substance that lies somewhere between dough and batter. It’s made by cooking flour with water and/or milk and butter, then mixing in eggs off heat to form a spoonable consistency. It’s then cooked a second time, either by baking (like in case of Hungarian cream puffs), frying, or poaching, depending on the recipe the choux pastry is being used for.

As you know, baking is about precision and accuracy, and this is even more true in case of choux pastry. Although I give volume measurements as well in the recipe, I recommend weighing the ingredients with a scale in order to achieve the desired result.

Ördögpirula - Hungarian beignets coated in cocoa
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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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