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Make My Day … Bake Your Day – Bakery … “Magic Pencil” Civil Road Foundation

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As to kill two birds with one stone.

The press gathering was held at the Bake My Day – Bakery located at district, XII., 34/A Böszörményi Road – Budapest whereas a collection box is placed at the store. The bakery is the second in line to be open whereas the bakery employing disabled people in Budapest. Bake My Day is a real success story – not only because they increase the number of wild sourdough bread sites, but also because they employ people with altered working abilities in their stores. After their first store at the Kérő Street Őrmező, they can be found from no one at the Hegyvidék -Mountain area on the Buda side of Budapest. In addition to their mouthwatering breads and pastries, there you can choose from a variety of breakfasts, sandwiches and a couple of salads throughout the day. Daily changing pieces, wholemeal spelled bread, sourdough brown, 100% rye, as well as onion, beetroot and cranberry bread. In addition to baked goods and breakfasts, you will also find a variety of cakes on the counter – in the form of cheesecake, brownie or truffle slices.

And about the organized event …  “Magic Pencil” – Draw a Smile on the faces! This stands for a charitable fundraiser for the benefit of injured children; As part of the action, 6265 packages of drawing tools were collected and distributed last year to children with disabilities in cooperation with the National Association for the Protection of the Interests of People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Assistants (ÉFOÉSZ) with the assistance of the Directorate-General for Social and Child Protection.

Andrea Gulyás, the curator of the Civil Road Foundation, said that with the charity action of the Magic Pencil we want to draw even more smiles on the faces of injured children this year. Let’s smile even more this year! They would be happy for more people to get to know our action and support the initiative this year – Andrea Gulyás – curator of the Civilút Foundation.

The drawing tools will be collected by the Civil Road Foundation from today until September 10, 2021. The initiative can be joined in several forms by those who wish to support the action. The drawing tools can be submitted to the Bake My Day Bakery Mountain Budapest XII. In a collection box located in the shop at 34 / A Böszörményi út.

In addition, the charity initiative can be supported with a monetary donation to the following account number: GRÁNIT Bank Ltd. 12100011-10545117. Enter in the box: Magic Pencil! From the proceeds, the Civil Road Foundation will purchase mainly drawing tools, colored pencils, crayons, paints, felt-tip pens, but they also welcome painters, stickers, booklets and pen holders other items for children with disabilities.For example, a pack of colored pencils can draw a big smile on the faces of injured children and art therapy sessions for people with disabilities, the process of creation, self-expression contributes to the communication of injured people.

Last year the Civil Foundation were very pleased to receive the items which was a great help during the pandemic period. This year, on the Day of Injured Children, will be hand over many drawing tools at th large-scale event – said Piroska Gyene – president of ÉFOÉSZ.

Alexandra Pintácsi also immediately joined the charity. As said she considers such initiatives to be very important. Anyone can get involved and help to draw a smile on the faces of injured children.
The collected drawing tools will be handed over to the EFOÉSZ by the Civil Road Foundation on Monday, September 20, at a large-scale ceremony to be held on the Day of the Injured Children at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. Magic Pencil – Let’s smile even more this year!

Riport/Snaps: Aggie Reiter

From Leonardo to Miró – The Paper Side of Art @ Budapest

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Under the Spell of 150  years of Collection in Prints and Drawings.

 The Museum of Fine Arts  finally  reach the time to reopen its gates to the visitors to the world of Fine Art at the Michelangelo Hall.

From June, 4. – August, 15. 2021

Just a couple of minutes walk from Heroes’ Square

Around midday the Director of the Fine Art Museum Mr. László Baán opened  to the media representatives and talked about the reopening of the museum again for the public after the pending pandemic. He spoke about facing a brand new catalog and an extraordinary exhibition, whereas marking the 150th anniversary of the Collection of Prints and Drawings. With this exhibition and the catalog they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of their unique European ranking collection. Also added…“Last time the finest pieces in the Collection of Prints and Drawings were published was 22 years ago, in 1999.  Then the exhibition was entitled Dürer to Dali. Master drawings in Budapest at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The 150th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to revisit the history of the collection in  the light of new  criterion and can present the finest works of collections of the two institutions reunited in 2012, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian Gallery – Budapest. Following the museums tradition, the new richly illustrated volume “The Paper Side of Art. Eight Centuries of Drawings and Prints in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery – Budapest, containing 50 of our most excellent works on paper, is so accompanied by a cabinet exhibition. The Paper Side of Art: from Leonardo to Miró. Spellbound by 150 years of collecting Prints and Drawings. The pieces on display are among the most sensitive drawing and prints, therefore can be exhibited only rarely. Some exceptional pieces are along well-known artist such as: Leonardo Raphael,Rembrandt, Picasso,Miro, Schiele,  Mihány Munkácsy,  József Rippl Rónai, Jenő Zichy and Miklós Barabás. In the frame of the exhibition can also discover some outstanding new acquisitions as well as some hitherto  less familiar works.”

The various collections at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery hold over 10000 drawings and almost 200000 prints, dating  back from the mid 14th century to the 21st century.

The new catalog gives a comprehensive overview of the entirety of paper-based art, shining light on the parallels that appears throughout the centuries … e.g. chiaroscuro prints, creative copies, autonomous landscape drawings, the emergence of printmarking as an autonomous genre and the expanding of the boundaries of drawn and printed techniques and the distinctive artistic attitude that derives from  the use of paper.

The visitors  to the exhibition and readers of the album are likewise guided behind the scenes of the museum. In the catalog, curators write e.g. about the museum’s involvement in research and about how the collection are managed and operated. In addition contemporary artist speak for better understand of the special relationship that artists have with paper. The  album can be purchased on the spot at the “Gift Shop”

The editors of the volume and the curators of the exhibition are art historians  Ms KInga Bódi and Ms Kata Bodor. The Exhibition can be visited… Wednesday – Thursday: only the temporary exhibition entitled From Leonardo to Miró is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: temporary and permanent exhibitions are also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
checkout and last entry: 5 p.m.
closing of exhibitions:, 5.30 p.m.

On Monday – Tuesday: closed,

Updated and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

Jazz Picnic – Paloznak – Hungary 2021.

Here’s a peck into the mood to get into…

Paloznaki Jazzpiknik Aftermovie 2019

North to Lake Balaton is set to be held between July, 29 – 31 featuring Candy Dulfer – saxophonist, Mario Biondi – singer and groups MF Robots and De Phazz.

The artists were scheduled to play at last year’s festival, but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9th jazz picnic, held in the Village of Paloznak which is one of the popular holiday resort in Hungary. Will feature music for all ears …  soul, jazz, funk. English jazz-funk band Level 42, Dutch singer Caro Emerald and Dutch group Kraak+Smaak will color the world  for music lovers.

One of the superb timeless classic UK bands the „Level 42” was formed in 1979 and the rest is history.

Just in case for the younger generation haven’t heard their  awesome  music earlier. Their  career started squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co.
As reaching the ’80s their music was instantly recognizable from Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou’s synthesizer flourishes . Then came a point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock likely to be placed in the context with Sade and other danceable pop/rock.

The Early Tapes Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul – R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984’s “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” hit the British Top Ten.

I then late ’85, World Machine broke the band worldwide with the “Lessons in Love” hit  which gain number one in Britain and “Something About You” hit number seven in America and this catapulted the band tot he international stage.

Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet made little headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991’s Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.

Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King. 2010 also saw Husband leave the band once again, replaced by Pete Ray Biggin.

The group continued to tour over the next few years before releasing new material in 2013, in the form of the EP Sirens. Supporting the release with an extensive tour of the U.K. and Europe, the group also recorded the live release The Sirens Tour, at their stop in London in 2015. The band continued to tour into 2016 with performances at festivals across Europe and South America.

Tickets prices: 
3-day pass: 28990HUF … Daily: 12990HUF
More info follow: jazzpiknik.hu

Updated Aggie Reiter


Tutenkamon’s Treasure Exhibition Extening Until January 2021 @ Budapest

At the archaeological reconstruction exhibition Tutankhamun’s Mystery and Treasures, almost a thousand objects from the unique treasure finds and a lifelike reconstruction of the tomb can be seen, with family and children’s programs in the autumn break, @ Budapest Complex – District VII., 26. Király Str.

Perhaps the most famous pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history, one of the last kings of the neo-imperial 18th dynasty, Tutankhamun, who died young at the age of 19, owes his world fame not to his reign but to his almost completely untouched tomb. Until the excavation of the tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, many even questioned the existence of the mysterious pharaoh. Tutankhamun, however, remained as mysterious after the discovery of his tomb as it was known before. One of the most controversial debates culminated around the question of the king’s descent as well as his life appearance.

Tutankhamun was lifted out of the famous golden coffin in two saws … see previous update regarding to Budapest’ exhibition: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2019/11/08/tutenkamons-glitering-gold-the-mummies-society-waiting-for-visitors-budapest-2019/

© Aggie Reiter

#1 Some Hungarian Appetizers … “Körözött” Hungarian Sheep Cheese – “Liptauer” Spread Cheese

Have a “traditional Hungarian” breakfast with a fresh salad adding to it the “Körözött” Hungarian Sheep Cheese spread sandwich or two with some other fresh veggies, tea or coffee and bread rolls.
Liptauer is a seriously addicting, paprika-infused cheese spread that is perfect for fancy appetizer as well. It could make a light meal  and goes well with dark rye bread, radishes, hard-cooked eggs, green onions, mild or hot green pepper.
Prepairing time: 15 mins. served for 2-4 persons.

Ingredients: 250 dkg  the variaction of chesse can be in use … Liptov sheep cheese – Liptói Túró or Bryzna or farmer’s cheese (it can be from sheep milk or cow milk – júh túró or tehén túró), 1 small onion minced or grated 60 dkg softened buttersalt, red pepper powder, 1 clove crushed garlic, 2 pinch of cumin seeds or 1 tsp. cumin ground powder, chopped green fresh parsley.

Prepairing: The cheese is broken through and then mixed with the mixed butter, add the ingredients mix well and at the end garnish with some parsley leaves to have the inviting look. Let it chill for an hour or so for the flavors come together, but as made it is also beats the taste.

While a soft farmer’s cheese is most traditionally used when making authentic liptauer – farmer’s cheese can be a bit hard to find overseas, but, not to worry if you can’t find some farmer’s cheese then goat cheese are perfectly acceptable substitutes when making Hungarian “Körözött” – Liptauer cheese spread. The American-style cottage cheese will not really benefit this recipe (instead go to a good cheese shop and ask for farmer’s cheese or quark. First and foremost the sheep’s curd must be fresh and tender just as the butter.

The sweet or mild paprika (not hot paprika), onions give a nice base layer of smoky flavor with a hint of cumin. Also goes well as a dip for raw veggies. Slightly skeptical about how the flavors would come together, but it is safe to say this spread will probably become one of athe new flavors  of snack! 

Liptauer = “Liptói túró” is a popular appetizer spread throughout Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Northern Italy, where it can be found as Liptauer or named Liptó.

The name Liptov  come from a region of Slovakia. There, this spread is traditionally made with bryndza the soft, sheep’s milk cheese.

Liptauer is one of those dishes that is best when you make it. The secret is not to add too much ingredients, but to tweck to your own stlye and taste.

The liptauer paired incredibly well with wine on a lazy afternoon and its ability to be spread on anything makes it the perfect appetizer, no matter what beverage you’re serving.

© Aggie Reiter

#12 Taste of Traditional Homemade Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta

The Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta is one of the excellences of our domestic dishes.

It’s actually a hot appetizer even though it is prapaired with the pancake, but leaving out the sugar!

The veal stew pancakes,or with chicken breast or with in advance have the filling with paprika chicken stew is something that foreigner countries may not have had even heard about. Now will share …  (see, follow the recipe  here to cook the paprika chicken stew @ “Day-By-Day – Travel in Traditional Hungarian Foodies #1 “

The name Hortobágy pancakes does not really come from Hortobágy … title of Hortobágyi pancake was invented by a Hungarian chef for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Due to its unique taste and easy preparation, it soon became a popular dish. However, pancakes from Hortobágy has nothing to do with venue of Hortobágy.

A word or two in brief synthesis about the region of Hortobágy. The Hortobágy is a landscape that is endowed with its unique history, valuable wildlife and unique folk tradition with characteristic Hungarian features. Hortobágy steppe in eastern Hungary is the largest contiguous natural grassland in Europe. Before the Mongols and later the Turks burned the villages here, it was a wooded area, and then the animals of the returnees cleared the vegetation, thus forming its present-day image. The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973, includes a significant part of Nagykunság in addition to the plain. Traditional livestock and grazing are practiced in the area, and ancient Hungarian animal breeds such as gray cattle are kept. The name of the region  holds the once flourishing settlements, which were destroyed during the Turkish occupation, are preserved by the names of wilderness parts.

Now back to the Pancake Hortobágy – Hortobágyi Palacsinta recipe!

Ingredients:  8 pancakes  serve for 2 person – preparing: 70mins. (wish to have more then double the weight/size of ingredients)
For the paprika chicken: 700 g chicken breast fillet, 1.5 medium head onions, 650 ml water, 3 teaspoons paprika, salt, black pepper (ground).
For frothing: 175 ml sour cream (20%), 50 g wheat flour.

Preparation and cooking: Wash the chicken breast fillet, chop into small cubes, then set aside, chop the onion, then fry in a little oil, salt and pepper. simmer for about 40 minutes. Tip! At this point we can add a little tomatoes and peppers to the meat as a fortification. While the meat is steaming, we make the frothing. Stir in the sour cream until smooth, When the meat has evaporated until soft, strain the juice from the meat. The meat is set aside for the time being, the juice is then put back on the fire and scraped. With constant stirring, some of the juice is added to the frothing – this is called heat equalization – and then the frothing is mixed with the juice. Cook for a while, stirring constantly, until the flour is gone, When we are done with the frothing, set the sauce aside. Now we grind the meat, Finally we put on the pancakes 3-4 mm thick in a square shape from the minced meat, then we sprinkle a little sauce. Then we fold the filling into the pancakes, Then we fold them, we serve the loaded pancakes sprinkled with sauce, garnished with sour cream and parsley.

© Aggie Reiter

#11 Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Gundel Palacsinta – Pancake Gundel Style

The main trick with the Hungarian Gundel Palacsinta – Pancake Gundel Style is that soda water is added the bubbles adke the vbatter taste and feels very light.

The Central Eurpean pancakes are thin pancakes smilar t the French crépe. The Gundelk palacsinta is filled with walnut cream and covered with chocolate sauce and at the end a touch with rum on top and flambe it then lighten with a match and it is an attraction seeing as the alcohol burns and extra burn the chocolate and it is more delightful to see and then taste it… it is so yummy.

They may also be eaten plain, filled with cheeses or with veggyies, such as mashroom, spinach, topped with sour cream. Some folks here instead of instead of vermicelli pasta within the soup, like to cut the aked pancake into thin strips and place it in the chicken soup as a filling. The pancakes may also be eaten sweet and unsweetened or savoury as a main course… such as filled with grounded meat namely “Hortobágyi Palacsinta” (soon to be followed up here as well!)

Ingredients for 4 person having 8-10 pices. Preparing time cca. 35-40 mins.

Pancake: 150 g flour, pinch of salt, 1 egg, 250 ml milk, 1/2 tabs sugar, 50 nl soda water (water with gas) oil to bale.
Chocolate sauce: 50 g cocoa powder, 200 g sugar, 200 ml milk, 1 or 2 tbs rum.
Filling: 1- 2 tbs rum, 200 g ground walnut, 100 ml milk, 120 g sugar, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1 tbs raisins.
Prepairing for baking: In a bowl whisk the egg with sugar, the milk and the salt. Add enough flour … spoon after spoon … to form a very thick paste. Come the soda water by adding some into the paste while mixing and stringing. Let is rest for cca. 15 mins. Add a half cup of water, then stir it well again. Continue untill it gets crreamy batter, then add some more soda water, so a smooth vbatter, medium thick but still liquid. Using a pancake pan to fry the palacsinta. Pour half ladle of batter in the hot pan. Brush the pan before each palacsinta with oil. No oil left in the pan, remove it and bake on both sides.
Sauce: mix cocoa powder with sugar. Pour in milk slowly. the choco powder and sugar completely must dissolve. Place on the fire and let it thicken a little. Season with the rum.
Filling: Mix the grounded walnut, sugar, cinnamon and raisins in a cooking pan. Add a little milk and the rum, then heat the mixture until it became a creamy sauce. Chill and add the rum. Fill the pancakes with custard.

After the Goulash, Mushroom paprika with Dumplings “Gödöllő” Style Stuffed Chicken and other  traditional Hungarian roasts, the foreigners previously visiting Hungary would not miss to taste one of the most loveable Hungarian sweetie.

Once you bake it you will probably bake it more often.

Enjoy this  Hungarian Gundel Pancake – Gundel Palacsinta delicacy.

© Aggie Reiter

National Fine Arts Film Days @ the Capital & Szeged, Debrecen

A special selection of programs coming within the series of the popular Temple of the Arts @ Budapest and also at the Cities of Szeged and of Debrecen between October 14 – 21. 2020.

Masters, Museums, Art Collectors on the cinema screen.

Including to  the National Fine Arts Film Days, the most popular earlier parts of the series return to the big screen.  The latest episode featuring Amadeo Modigliani’s career debuts at pre-premiere screenings.

Valeria Parisi‘s new film, entitled Centennial Modigliani will be screened in the Urania Cinema @ Budapest on October, 22. just for a week at Art Cinemas across the country.

The film reveals Modigliani’s artistic career as a hitherto unknown point of view and his scandalous, bohemian and tragic private life. The memoirs of his love and partner, Jeanne Hébuterne, who committed suicide two days after Modigliani’s death.

There are  venues of Modigliani’s career, including Livorno, Florence, Venice and Paris, the center of the art world at the time, come to life on special archival footage, and the detailed frames of the series also feature millions of works of art on the canvas. The film reveals the treasures of renowned institutions such as the Albertina in Vienna and the National Gallery in Washington, the exhibition at the Livorno City Museum and significant art collections in Paris.

During the program of the Film Days cannot be missing the most successful works of previous seasons screened at major cinemas throughout the country in the frame of the “Temple of Art” films, including the first episode of the series, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, as well as the history and magnificent collection of the Prado Museum – Madrid and St. Petersburg Hermitage, Hokuszai, Paul Gauguin, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali are also films showing the life and art, lesser-known works of Impressionist masters. Related to 20th century modern art, three special documentaries were also included into forthcoming Fine Arts Film Days program.

Already screened portrait film (who did not have a chance to see it, may do it) of Peggy Guggenheim, the best-known collector and patron of modern art, Obsessed with Art, an art-persecuted Nazi dictatorship and an investigation into stolen art treasures, will be screened on October, 15. 2020. – Urania Cinema – Budapest.

The new award-winning American documentary Bauhaus, about the life and heritage of László Moholy-Nagy, a world-famous photographer, constructivist painter, designer and outstanding teacher of the Bauhaus school, born 125 years ago, still today inspires the creators.

A II. National Fine Arts Film Days are organized in cooperation with Pannonia Entertainment, the Urania National Film Theater, the Apollo Cinema and the Downtown Cinema, with the support of the National Cultural Fund.

Recommended by Aggie Reiter

Railway History Park – Sausage Fair – Oldtimer Show – Budapest

Friday Noon – 7 p.m. – Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: District XIV., 95 Tatai Rd. Budapest

Between October, 9 – 11. 2020. for the 7th time at Budapest will be held the Sausage Fair at the Hungarian Railway History Park together with the international Oldtimer Show exhibition as the largest oldtimer exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe. Larger cars will be on display outside the circular fuel house to see the exhibition of the USA Oldtimer Cars.

Due to the current virus situation, the event will be introduced this year several precautionary measures following the current epidemic preparedness, and organizers seek cooperation of the visitors coming along to have to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth as well and also keep a 1.5-meter distance from each others.

The Oldtimer Show with the Sausage Fair will be a combined festivals. Local and foreign guests are awaited to enjoy their stay. On Gastro streets  huge sausage booths, oldtimer vehicles and family activities. Nostalgia music and railway programs.

At a 10 hectares of Budapest Railway History Park and the adjacent Water Tower Park will be fully furnished with attractions. There’s free passage between the two parks. There may choose from 200 types of traditional rural type sausages and very Hungarian stuffed meat called “hurka” (black pudding & liver pudding) sausages, bacon and all kinds of pork chops. There’ll be freshly baked cracks on the spot.  Will be to shop homemade cheeses, spices, jam, honey, bugle cakes and all kinds of handmade traditional dishes.

At entrance 1, on the cobbled “Craft” street, representatives of old crafts sell their wares. Next to the platforms will be “Fairground”.

At the large park is built the ancient locomotive circular heating house. The halls of the Orient and the West will be furnished with beautiful oldtimer  cars and motorbikes. . Larger cars will be on display outside the circular fuel house: USA Oldtimer Car Exhibition.

The area around the Ornamental Fountain is definitely worth visiting for gastronomic lovers!

In the grassy arbor there will be a large open-air restaurant where can eat fried sausages, fried “hurka” sausages and all kinds of pork-toed dishes freshly baked. At the curve of the ornamental fountain area can buy well known pálinka, wine and homemade beer at the wooden houses. The Sápi fruit wine stand will also be here. The tradition at our festival is that anyone who comes in old-age clothes gets a fruit wine tasting as a gift. Take part in this nostalgia game! There will also be built a large restaurant in The Water Tower Park, where you can also eat freshly baked pork chops!

All interactive programs of the Railway History Park will be available at the festival: hand cars, horse railway, rail car, locomotive rotator and garden railway on a 800m long track. On the railway tracks around the 1-gauge rotor, you can see a fantastic steam locomotive exhibition! Around the double rotary engine will be wagon exhibition. For the weekend of the festival, we also heat up a real steam locomotive, which can be tried by the visitors!

The festival will feature free games for the children: archery, airsoft shooting, air slide, bungee, face painting,playground, petting zoo and many other attractions.

Tickets will be available on the spot during the opening hours for cash and credit cards. Ticket price for adult ticket 5000HUF, children’s ticket 4000HUF (under 14 years, and for under 3 years free of charge), family ticket 14000HUF (2 adults + 2 children), pensioner ticket 4000HUF, Friday ticket price 4000HUF

Tickets can also be purchased in advance online by clicking on https://www.oldtimershow.hu/oldtimershow-jegyertekesites/

All tickets are a daily ticket and valid only for a one-time entry. Warning! Food and drink are not allowed to carried in the festival area.

recomendation by Aggie Reiter

Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Sponge Cake  a’la Somló – Somlói Galuska

As have had on their menüs by the followers the Hungarian cuisine typically filling with its rich culinary heritage just as by locals eat day-by-day in modern life mingle with tradition. Hopefully many had prepared their “Hungarian” traditional foods.

Now comes, if you are a desert person you will fly high and already feel the flavor in you taste buds.

Sponge Cake  a’la Somló – Somlói Galuska

Three types of cake – plain, walnut, and chocolate are served with whipped cream on top, dark chocolate sauce, raisins, and more walnuts. What does it taste like: If you’re a dessert person, this should be heaven for you! The three types of cake stand out distinctly, while the cream and the chocolate sauce play hide and seek with your palette!

Multiple layers of different types of sponge cake (usually plain, chocolate, and walnut), cream, rum-soaked raisins, chocolate sauce…a number of deliciously sweet components make up this Hungarian trifle, which has been awarded by many with the title of “Hungary’s favorite dessert.” This cake can be in a number of styles. Here’s how it goes for me.

For 4-6 servings,  preparing time  60 -120 mins  … needn’ t be afraid of the length of time it is well deserved by the end when tasting this heavenly desert.

Ingredients: 6 tbs sugar, 6 eggs, pinch of salt, half tbs baking powder, 5 tbs flour, 1-2 tbs cocoa powder.

For the chocolate cream:200 g sugar, 5 tbs cocoa powder, 400 ml water, 10-15 ml rum.

For the vanilia cream: 700 ml milk, 20 vanilia sugar, 4 egg yolks, 100 g sugar, 3-4 tbs flour.

For the filling/topping: 300 ml water, 40 ml rum, 6 tbs raisins, 1-2 tbs sugar, 8 tbs granted walnut, whipped cream to decorate the topping.

Preparation: For the cake seperate the eggs, mix the egg yolks wth sugar until it gets creamy soft. Beat the eggs white till stiff. Slowly into the egg yolk mixture fold the flour, then add the pinch of salt and the baking powder. Carefully add the beaten egg whites in the batter, 2/3 of it into the baking tray.  Then add the cocoa powder to the rest of the dough and pour in another baking tray.  Preheat up till 180C degree. Now place the baking tray into the oven for 12  mins. Do notm open the oven for 10 mins. Line a big baking pan with baking paper (size 40-40 cm).

Now comes the Chocolate cream: Combine ingredients … rum, sugar, cocoa, some walnuts … into a small pot and cook over medium low heat  till the sugar dissolved. Let it cool down.

Now comes the Vanillia cream: Heat the milk in a saucepan. In a bowl mix the  sugar, vanillia sugar, egg yolks. Add the flour spoon by spoon. Pour in 6 tbs of warm milk and stir well, then pour back the to the hot milk and stir again frequently. Cook over low heat until it become a sauce,  not to boil.

Now comes the Raisin filling: Fill a pot of water and pour sugar into it. Add the raisin to it and simmer them. When the water is hot enough (not boiling) 4-5 mins, then add the 40 ml rum into the water.

Not much time to taste this mouthwatering cake … When the sponge cake is baked take it out from the oven, cut it in 2 or 4 sections and then can do the ply.

One layer of the sponge cake sprinkle with the rum-water mixture. Thenafter pour the vanillia sauce and continue with  sprinkling the ground walnuts on top. Now do once more the layers again in the same order. Now comes the chocolate sauce and the decoration with the whipped cream.

It taste much better as to leave for the flavors to set. Like to add a spoon of  vanillia ice-cream and sour cherry … if available fresh socked in rum or cherry compote as taste.

At the restaurants serve with more thicker chocolate sauce, similar to the trifle and there are some places where they dress it up with vanillia ice-cream and sour cherry.

Whether on diet, leave the receipt for another day, but don’t miss to make this confectionery once in your lifetime.

In brief info of the Sponge Cake a’la Somló …the Somlói galuska was invented in the late 50s by Károly Gollerits – Head waiter and Szőcs József Béla pastry chef of the the Gundel restaurant. The new desert was broughtto the 1958s World Fair and won proffesional awards. The name refers to the hill outskirts of Budapest at Fót Somlyó Hill, at the foot of which Szőcs used to live.

© by Aggie Reiter