Posts Tagged ‘Gastronomy’

Annual Pancake Day – February 16.

In Anglo-Saxon countries, the Pancake Day is celebrated each year – February, 16.
Hungarians need not have to have Pancake Day once a year … they have pancake day every day of the Year.

One of the most yummy pancake throughout Hungary is made with fillings: chocolate-orange-walnut. This is deeply loved by sweet-toothed lovers. No wonder the success of sweets is understandable: one’s appetite comes from the very sight, and the taste is simply heavenly with this traditional Hungarian delicacy.

Be the Queen or the King of making this Traditional Hungarian Pancake:

Ingredients (for 10 pieces):
2 eggs, 240 g flour, 300 ml milk, 300 g soda water, a pinch of salt and sugar, 300 g walnuts, 120 g granulated sugar, 80 g milk, 10 g raisins, a pinch of cinnamon, grated orange peel, 300 g dark chocolate, 300 g cream, 50 g rum.

Preparation:
Mix the eggs, milk, sugar and salt with a whisk, add the flour and stir until lump-free.
Adjust the density of the dough with sodawater (or water with gas) – most similar to dilute sour cream – and let it rest for half an hour.
An oiled, approx. Heat a pancake oven 20 cm in diameter, pour in approx. 1/3 cup dough so that it evenly coats the bottom of the pan.
Twirl it around to be laying equally. After baking for about 20 seconds, turn the pancakes over and bake them ready. Fry the walnuts dry, then grind half of them finely and the other half coarsely. Pour in the other ingredients, bring to a boil and then boil the nuts. Start heating the cream, add the chocolate and melt in it (carefully, being careful not to boil), then stir until smooth and add the rum.
Fill the pancakes with the walnut filling into a triangle shape or may roll them up, then serve with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Whipped cream on the topping can also enhance the heavenly Desert.

© Aggie Reiter

Adding Tips & Hints to Festive Duck Leg – Seasoning, Baking, Confidental, Extras

Continuing an additional miracle in roasting duck leg which is crumbly that it melts in your mouths

One of my favorite dishes for the upcoming holidays is the duck steak, quite precisely the roast duck leg, which has red-crispy skin, but its flesh is so crumbly that it melts in our mouths. To achieve this perfect texture, it doesn’t take much to be aware of all the ins and outs of roasting duck meat with the a little trick. Here are a couple to keep in mind what are these!

Seasoning:
Never miss the seasoning of thighs in the first step … need big-grain salt and freshly crushed pepper, nothing else. Mix the two together and rub the duck leg around it thoroughly everywhere, thoroughly. May even do this the night before and let the thighs stand in the fridge until baking.

Baking:
The most common mistake most people make while roasting duck legs is to fry the meat at a high temperature for less time than necessary. In this case, it will not be crumbly inside, but hard, chewy.

We can act in three ways … Bake high to lower! Place the meat in the baking dish so that the thighs do not touch each other, and then add the garlic and onion cut into larger pieces. Some folks even add bay leaves and others thyme or rosemary to the meat.

If it is made for 3-4 people, then having 4 duck legs, pour at least 3 deci of water under them. First bake at a very high temperature (220-240) for 15 mins, then lower the temperature to 150 degrees and bake for at least 1.5-2 hours. The thighs are good if the flesh is crumbly and soft on the inside, but it is already crispy on the outside and the fat has escaped from it.

Confidential:
It’s an old procedure with a very urising and trendy sound that can scare many away, as long as it’s what makes duck meat (not just) really crumbly, buttery and juicy. The essence of confit is to roast the duck in plenty of fat for a long … very long time at a low temperature. The fat used in the confit essentially protects the duck from drying out, but if wish to save time, the end result will be tough again.

Before placing it in the baking sheet, fry the thighs, starting with the skin, in a frying pan, at a high temperature. They can then go to the baking sheet and pour the previously melted fat over it. Choose a baking sheet that is large enough so that the meats don’t touch each other and the fat completely covers them! Roast the duck legs at 100-120 C degrees for at least 4 hours. If lower the temperature, need to increase the baking time. When done, remove it out of the fat. Can also toast the skin on a baking sheet, but can even toast the top in another dish in the oven.

If the duck is older, the frying time may increase further. So be sure to test it before taking it out of the oven. Insert a meat needle or fork into the thickest part of the thigh. If it easily penetrates it, it’s done.

Extras: An additional miracle of roasting duck leg is duck fat, which have already written about being one of the healthiest animal fats and the other being a crumb fired from sliced ​​skinned duck skin.

© Aggie Reiter

Holiday Duck Trousers with Red Wine Symptoms – Ünnepi Kacsacomb Vörösboros Meggyel

Receipt – Preparation time: 90 min … For 6 persons

Ingredients: for the duck: 6 fattened duck legs, large grain salt, pepper, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1 head onion, 10 cloves garlic, 2 tbsp fresh ginger or, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 3 squeezed oranges or 3 dl orange juice, 1 branch rosemary, 1 nutmeg flower, 2 nutmeg flowers, 2 nuts.
For cherries: 1 bottle of pitted cherries compote or 40 dkg frozen cherries, 1 pinch of salt

Cooking: The duck legs are cleaned, shaped, then rubbed with salt, pepper, brown sugar and left to stand until the other ingredients are prepared.
Peel the onion, garlic and ginger and cut into rustic pieces. Squeeze the orange juice into a deep baking sheet, then place the duck legs on top and arrange the onions, ginger, and rosemary around it. The fat is analyzed on a crab, then the baking sheet is covered with aluminum foil and we bake it slowly, at 90 degrees for 8 hours or even overnight, and we confit it in a technical language. When the time is up, we take the duck legs out of the fat with a shovel spoon, on a baking sheet that we want to bake and let it cool down. We can even put it in the fridge and only finish it fresh in the next 1-2 days.

When the time comes to eat, take the baking tray out of the fridge and simply put it in the oven at 200 C degrees and bake it crispy, then eat it fresh!

For the Holiday Duck Trousers with Red Wine Symptoms – Ünnepi Kacsacomb Vörösboros Meggyel, the canned sour cherries are filtered or the frozen sour cherries are thawed and then inspected one by one to remove the seeds. Boil the cherries with salt, pepper and red wine. The starch is mixed with a little water and quickly added to the sauces to thicken it.

When done, remove from the heat and butter and stir in the honey. It can be consumed immediately or reheate.

To be continued with Tips and Hints

 © Aggie Reiter

Floating Island – Madár Tej – Hungarian Deliciousness Creamy Dessert

This is another famous and classic easy recipe among Hungarian families.  

The Hungarian “Bird’s milk” – “Madártej” is a vanilla custard containing foam dumplings whipped from egg whites, and originates from France. In 1834 this sweet dessert made from milk and eggs made its way to Hungary as deeply loved delight for sweet tooth individuals.

Bird milk is an imaginary name, more than probably a wandering term that originally referred to an imaginary food (its history dates back to antiquity).

The word bird milk has appeared with different names in many European languages since the middle of the 18th century. The Hungarian name as Bird’s milk – Madártej is known in the world having named differently …

The dessert made its success all through the Continent. It can be found in almost all the countries in Europe and even in India … e.g. “Oeufs á la neige” – (eggs on the snow) or “Ile flottante” – are often available in French bistros. The floating islands are known by the English speakers and also for Spaniards. In addition to us, the Romanians also follow the bird’s milk line. The Austrians go on calling it canary milk “Kanarimilch”. In India, “Rasmala” is made without eggs and cardamom, which is also flavored with pistachios and saffron.

Receipt – Ingredients – for 4 person – peparating time: 20 mins.


For the basic cream … 6 eggs separated, pinch of salt, 150 g sugar, 1 liter milk, 12 g vanilia sugar (1 packet), 3 tbs flour, 10 dkg raisins Instead of the 1 packet of vanilla sugar or a little aroma, if possable choose 1 real vanilla stick, it’s worth it, it gives the bird’s milk a yummy taste.

Step-by-step Cooking … Meringues beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Add 3 tbs of sugar and beat until stiff. Bring half of the milk and scraped seeds of vanilla stick to boil in a large pot, then reduce to a simmer. Scoop up egg-sized peices of beaten egg white mixture and gently slide into the simmering milk. When the meringues rise, carefully turn them and cook on the other side. (about 1 min. egy side) Set then after aside.

For the vanilla sauce … add the rest of the milk into the pot and let it start to simmer again. Mix the yorks with the remaining sugar and flour. Add the vanillia suger to the simmering milk. Remove from the heat, pour slowly – ladia-by-ladie – into the york mixture, whisting constannly. Then pour the mixture in the warm milk. Add thróe raisin Place the pot back on to the heat and cook over low heat until the sauce sóbegins to ticken.

To assemble and serve, spoon meringues into a glass bowl. Pour the vanilla souce on top sprinkle with raisins. Best is when cold, so store in the fridge for a while before serving, but maybe in between someone has discovered it and many are missing. Then off you go it only take 20 mins to get this yummy dessert ready again.

© Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Home Made Appetizer – Ham Cream – Pâté – Sonkakrém Pástétom

A great appetizer, may serve with thinly sliced brown bread, crackers or chips.

Served for 4 persons- Preparing time 15 mins.

Ingredients: 25 dkg cubbed smoke ham or Prague-style (if available), 10 dkg butter, 6 tsps sour cream, 2 tsps finely chopped onion, 2 tsps mustard, a drop of tomatoe pasta on top,salt, pepper.

Preparation: Fry the onions in oil, remove from the heat, sprinkle with paprika, dissolve in a little water and fry back on its fat. Stir in the ham into strips and chop it together with the butter in a shredder and melt with a little water and simmer (about 20-30 minutes). Then add the sour cream, mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper and let rest to cool down in the fridge for one hour. Very delicious breakfast to start off the day with a toast or two, hard boiled eggs and fresh vegetables. Indeed may enjoy this home-made appetizer anytime of the day … can spread it on sandwiches, snack or enjoy the smooth taste even as an afternoon dip. For dieters, recommending with a slice of wholemeal toast with this yummy Hungarian pâté. 

© Aggie Reiter

Hungarian Home Made Appertizer – Chicken Liver Cream – Pâté

 

Wish to have something less artificial tasting … try Chicken Liver Cream – Pâté and serve with thinly sliced brown bread, rye crisp,  crackers,  garlic toast or chips.

Spreads are in great fashion … creamy pâtés are suitable for cold dishes,  appetizers, but a pâté sandwich is also a perfect solution for breakfast or dinner.

An excellent appetizer recipe is so easy and quick to make.

Recipe for 16 servings – Preparation time: cca 20-30 mins.

Ingrediens: ½ cup unsalted butter, 1 onion soup cube, ¼ cup white wine, 50 dkg chicken livers, rinsed and trimmed, 10 dkg. cream cheese, ¼ cup water, fresh garlic crushed or garlic powder to taste.

Preparing:
In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in soup mix and white wine. Arrange chicken livers in pan, and cook until browned and cooked though. Add cream cheese and water; process until smooth. Add chicken livers, and process until smooth. May season to taste with onion and/or garlic powder, Chilly for taste.

© Aggie Reiter

 

Favorit One For The Day – Chicken Breats Dubarry with Rice – Dubarry Csirkemell Rizzsel

Chicken Dubarry aka Chicken Cauliflower Casserole one of the most comforting meals ever!

A food that is really popular with Hungarians. Dubarry chicken breast is one of my favorit foods. Simple, lively, elegant, and very delicious. If you haven’t already tasted it then give it a try now! Simple and great lunch idea made from cauliflower and chicken breast.

Serving  for 4  – Preparation time 30 mins –  Baking 30 mins.

Ingredients: 2 pieces, cca 1 kg of chicken breast (whole, fillet), cooking oil, 1 kg cauliflower, salt.

Cooking cauliflower: The cleaned, washed, cut off the cauliflower tubers from the stem, wash them, and place the rose-picked cauliflower in mild hot salted water. Cook them until soft in cca 20 mins. Then filtered, drained and allowed to cool.

Cooking chicken breast: Meanwhile cut the chicken breast in half, remove the tendons, then slices and chop them. Add a little salt to the meats. Turn both sides into the flour and fry suddenly with alittle oil. Place the meat slices in a baking tray or fireproof bowl greased with a little oil.

At this point can start preheating the oven to  r, 250 ml milk, 5 tbs sour cream, salt, white pepper, 2-3 chips of star anise (or nutmeg powderas taste), 10 dkg cheese.

Preparation of the bechamel: In a pan, add flour over oil at low temperature. When mixed, before the flour starts to blush, pour the milk little by little, stirring constantly. Keep on the stove on low heat, place the 2-3 chips of star anise and stirring the bechamel constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and add the sour cream and mix well. Enrich it with grated cheese, and finally adjust the taste with salt and white pepper.

Now pour the bechamel onto the layered chicken breats and the cauliflower, and sprinkle 10-15 dkg grated cheese on top. Bake in the oven at 180 C degree for cca 20-25 mins. When the Dubarry chicken breast is baked it can be served with rice or mashed potatoes.

© Aggie Reiter

#10 Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Sour Cherry Pie – Meggyes Pite

After a heavy day in baking the Beigli here is an easy  cake to bake … namely the Sour Cherry Pie – Meggyes Pite

In the Northern Hemisphere the season of bloosoming cherry trees fell to rest, lucky those living in the Southern Hemisphere, cause they may bake with fresh cherries. We love them because they’re tasty, not to mention they have some awesome health benefits, too! Weather is off-season, you can use frozen unsweetened tart cherries, they will just take longer to cook down or the canned  sour or sweet cherries.

Just a hint, the sour cherry is also called tart cherry or wild cherry or even morellos  known closely related to the sweeet cherry, flesh of the fruit being softer and more acidic, therefore it is better for cooking and for pastry.

Fresh cherries are available for only a few months a year, but then get out of your deep freezer. Getting tired of these long cold grey and dirty days of long, drawn out Winter-Spring. Just pick the frozen, pitted, gorgeous sour cherries or sweet cherries or get the canned form of cherries. Time for a cherry pie bake something colourful, light and tasty.

No need to invent the Sour Cherry Pie – Meggyes Pite, cause this is a great recipe to give it a try and simple as 1-2-3.

A pie itself is an ultimate dessert. It is simple and tasty shortcrust pastry with any sweet seasonal filling. If in use other  fillings take the same amout of fruit as indicated below of apple weight.

Ingredients – preparing time cca 120  mins.

For the shortcrust: 500 g flour, 250 g butter, 125 g icing sugar, 24 g (2 packets) vanillia sugar, 10 g ( 1 packet) baking powder, 1 egg +1 egg york, 1-2 tbs sour cream, pinch of salt.

For the filling: 1 kg pitted sour cherry (if fresh is available) or the same amount of frozen or canned. 200 g icing sugar,60 g  breadcrumbs or grated walnuts, 1 egg york for coloring the top, icing sugar to serve (it looks good and taste good with it).

Baking process: Cruble the butter with the flour and the baking powder, add the icing sugar and  vanillia sugar. Add the eggs, the egg york, a pinch of salt and the sour cream. Knead the pasta quickly and  form 2 halves from it. Wrap it in foil and let it chill and rest for an hour in the fridge. Whikle the pastry rests, mix the sour cherry and the icing sugar. Line a baking pan with baking paper. Roll out the pastry into 2 sheets, fitting in the baking pan. Place one of the pastry sheets in the pan, sprinkle it with the breadcrumbs or walnut and spread the sour cherry on it … (if you use canned cherries then strain the juice beforehand).Place the2nd sheet on the top and form the sides. With a fork prick the surface. Brush the top with the egg york and bake it until it becomes slightly brown, it may take 50-60 mins. Leave it in the pan until it  chills before slicing the  pie.

Depending on taste, there are variations for the filling … poppy seed(grounded, caster sugar milk … cottage cheese sour cream, custer sugar) … apple (grated squeezed apples).

Depending on taste the width of pie … some like it with more filling, some like it with more pastry, it’s up to you. Enjoy the mouthwatering flavor in your tasting buds!

© by Aggie Reiter

 

#9 Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Beigli – Walnut/Poppy Pastry Roll

Beigli – Walnut/Poppy pastry roll
 
 
“Q” From where did the Beigli became a custom in Hungary and when? Beigli originates from Germany. Was in the 19th century during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
“A” Beigli originates from Germany and in the 19th century during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy became as indeed on one the real traditional Hungarian poastry.
 
Beigli is an authentic Hungarian pastry roll, also well known and popular in parts of Central – Eastern Europe and for sure in Israel.
This is a traditional food in Hungary which floats around at many kitchens at home and families have their own recipes. The beige is open to all fillings … with county-poppy, candied fruit, quince-nut, apple-cinnamon-cocoa, poppy-orange peel, plum jam, chestnuts, coconut, blueberry jam, dried peach nuts, rum-dried plums just to name a few.
The dough can either be risen dough … as here below … or crumbly dough. Some recipes call for cooking  the filling in milk,others simply direct to mix it with grated apple for added moisture. Beigli is a cake that keeps very well for days  or even for a couple of weeks.
 
Most pastry shops, patisseries and grocery stores sell Beigli, especially during the season at Xmas, but during any time of the season the begli is a treat having with a cuppa tea or coffee.
 
Before taking the road to bake the Beigli … it’s good to know … can give it a try to your hands, this is probably not a pastry for the beginning baker. If you have some experience baking things at home, though… you will be up for a challenge, but by the end certainly be rewarded for the awesome taste by family members.
 
Recipe: for 2 rolls … cca 8 servings … preparing time cca. 120-150 mins. (may sound longtime in baking a Beigli,  but time slips away so quickly as preparing and baking, not to mention enjoying the fantastic smell fulfilling the whole kitchen from the Beigli.
 
Ingredients:For the Dough:  330 g flour, 130 g butter, 30 g icing sugar, a pinch of salt, 50 ml milk, 1 egg york plus 1 egg separated, 20 g fresh yeast.
For the Filling: 150 g ground walnut or poppy seed, 4 tbs icing sugar, a handful of soaked raisins, 1 lemon zest, 200 ml milk.
 
Baking process: Place into the lukewarm milk the yeast and a tbs of sugar into a larger bowl and leave it for a few mins  till it is risen. Crumble the butter with the flour then add the salt, sugar, egg york and the milk with  the yeast. Mix it well and knead. If it goes too tough then mix it with  more warm milk into it. Let it rest for cca  half-an-hour. Then in the meantime can make the filling. Bring the ground walnut … or the ground poppy seeds … with milk, raisin, lemon zest and the sugar to a gentle boil, do not overheat, but it should not be too liquid.  Getting back to the dough now, divide the dough into 2 equal parts and start to roll out to a rectangle shape. Separate half of the filling to one dough, threnafter fill the other dough. Roll it up, start from the wider side. Seperate the eggs. Use a brush the surface with the egg york. After having it dried, then brush with the egg  white. Make a couple of holes on the top then place it into the oven of temp 180 C degree for cca 20-30 mins. The pastry will get a shinning brown color that will also open the door for the appetite. It has to be cooled down before slicing.
Bet your cake became delicious … enjoy every piece of it.
 
© by Aggie Reiter
 
 
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#6 Taste of Traditional Homemade Sweeties – Hungarian Jewish Flódni Cake

The Flódni is a traditional Jewish cake and was/is indeed the popular Chanuka cake which could not be missing orginally of Eastern-European Jewish families.

Now-a-days you can only taste it in Hungary, mainly @ Budapest’s well known confectionery.

In Hungary the Jewish community preserved the Flódni tradition. Indeed became very popular to the wider audience in Hungary and beside the Jewish community has come to symbolize the diversity of Hungarian society.

The cake has five layers of dough and four distinct fillings from down up to the top: poppy seed, apple, walnut, plum jam. The cake is reminiscent of old-world richness. It is time consuming … prepared at home, need cca 2 hours free time being in the kitchen, but will see was worthwhile to serve this superb mouthwatering yummy cake  any time of the day.

To be served for 4 persons – Preparing time: one-and-a- half – 2 hours.

Ingredients:  For the Dough: 8 tbs butter, sliced into 16 pieces and room temperature, 4 cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp salt, ⅛ tsp baking powder,5 large yolks, ¾–1 cup white wine. For the Plum Filling: 2½ cups plum jam (in Hungarian: szilva lekvár) or apricot can be also as filling. For the Poppy Seed Filling: 2 cups poppy seed, ground in a coffee grinder, 4 tbs orange marmalade or apricot jam (add 2 tsp orange zest if using apricot jam), ¾ cup red wine, Pinch of ground cloves, ½ cup sugar. For the Walnut Filling: 8 ounces walnut pieces, finely chopped, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup red wine, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tbs orange marmalade or 1 tsp orange zest, 1 tbs cocoa powder. For the Apple Filling: 8 small apples, cored, peeled and grated (you can use a food processor to grate) (about 4 cups, packed), 1/3 cup orange marmalade, 1½ tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp ground cloves (optional), ¾ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbs sugar, Pinch of salt. To Assemble: 2 tbs butter, melted, 1 egg beaten.

Preparation: The ingredients of the dough, with the exception of water, are combined with a robot. Add the water little by little and knead. Divide into 5 equal parts, stretch to a baking sheet size, and place everything on baking paper, then pack on top of each other and place in the refrigerator overnight.

To cook poppy seed  heat the ingredients on the stove for about 2-3 mins, until you notice bubbles. This mixture also has to go into the fridge for a night. To cook apple: Steam the apples in a medium saucepan together with the honey, the sugar, the white wine, the cloves and the cinnamon. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Cook, stirring, about 12 mins, until soft and the liquid has evaporated. It is important not to overcook it. To cook walnut: Place in a small pot, combine all ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 mins, until thickened and liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool.

Each filling must be cooled down before laying the dough. Place the first baking sheet lined with parchment paper, smear with the poppy seed, put on the next sheet apple filling, on the third dough base wallnut filling and then another dough and smear a little finger thick with plum jam, finally cover with the last dough base. After last piece of pastry, brush it with the mixture of egg yolk and milk and place it in the fridge for about 10 mins.

Preheat the oven to 200C degree and cook the cake for 10 mins, then reduce the heat to 175 C degree and cook for another extra 50 mins. Leave the cake for at least an hour outside of the oven.  Allow the Flódi to cool overnight.

If you want a really special delicacy, you have to try this baking … Be a Flódni Fairy … worth it!

© by Aggie Reiter