Any respectable Hungarian meal ends with something buttery and sweet, preferably topped with a whipped cream. Any trip to Budapest is not complete if you didn’t get to visit one or more of the great cafés in the city and try it’s deliciously sweet cakes and pastries. Dobos cake, Rigó Jancsi, Esterházy cake and Kürtőskalács are the most famous classics. Of course the list of Hungarian cakes and pastries is longer than you could imagine. It is strongly recommended spend an hour or more in one of the recommended cafes. Try the famous and delicious Hungarian cakes or pastries with your coffee, cappuccino or tea. Local cafe’s will make you feel like a time traveler, while sipping a hot drink and finishing your creamy pastry. Take a look at the most popular Hungarian cakes and delicious pastries you must try before coming back home.
- Kürtőskalács (chimney cake)
Kürtőskalács is a sweet, spiral-shaped, yeast based pastry , It’s also known as ‘chimney cake’, because of its unique shape. Then the dough is rolled out and cut into long, thin strips. The strips are then rolled onto a wooden cylinder. Brushed with batter and covered with sugar, the pastry is put into a special open fire oven and rotated until it’s baked. During the baking process the sugar is caramelized and forms a shiny, crispy crust. The surface of the cake can then be topped with additional ingredients such as ground walnut, ground coconut, powdered chocolate or cinnamon. The latest trendy addition to Kürtőskalács is ice cream filling within the cake.
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- Esterházy torta
Esterházy torta consists of buttercream spiced with cognac or vanilla, sandwiched between four and five layers of hazelnut meringue dough, although the key layer ingredient of hazelnut is often substituted with almonds or walnuts. The torte is iced with a fondant glaze and decorated with a characteristic chocolate striped pattern.
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A puff pastry top, wobbly creamy filling (egg yolk, milk, flour and the vanilla), and is finished with puffy crispy pastry.
- Arany Galushka
Arany Is a traditional Hungarian dessert consisting of yeast dough balls. The balls are rolled in melted butter, and then rolled in a mixture of sugar and crushed nuts (traditionally, walnuts), assembled into layers and sprinkled with raisins, before being baked till golden. Arany means gold or golden; galuska refers to the dumpling nature of the balls of dough. Aranygaluska may be served with vanilla custard.
- Poppy seed roll
The poppy seed roll is a pastry consisting of a roll of sweet yeast bread with a dense, rich, bittersweet filling of poppy seed. An alternative filling is a paste of minced walnuts, making it a walnut roll. The dough is made of flour, sugar, egg yolk, milk or sour cream and butter, and yeast. The dough may be flavored with lemon or orange zest or rum. The poppy seed filling may contain ground poppy seeds, raisins, butter or milk, sugar or honey, rum and vanilla. Sometimes a tablespoon of apricot jam, which is one of the most popular jams used in the Hungarian cuisine, is substituted for sugar. The walnut roll filling contains raisins, rum, butter or milk, lemon rind and chopped walnuts. This filling may be spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove or vanilla.
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