Poppy seed pie – Mákos béles

by | Nov 25, 2022 | Desserts

If you want a poppy seed dessert for Christmas, but you don’t have time and energy to make beigli, poppy seed pie (mákos béles) is for you. The most time-consuming part of the recipe is letting the filling cool completely. The pie consists of two cake layers, which are sandwiched with apricot jam and a creamy poppy seed and apple filling. The recipe derives from a cookbook written by Ilona Horváth, that can be found in almost every Hungarian household and has helped generations learn how to cook.

Poppy seed pie - Mákos béles
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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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