Breads and Desserts

Did your grandmother make the make the most amazing breads or desserts? Remember, by the time you were sitting at her table, she might have had 40 years of experience under her belt! Don’t give up after one or two tries if it doesn’t taste the same.

Chimney Cakes

Chimney Cakes

Chimney Cakes (Kürtőskalács) are delicious! There are many versions and I probably could love them all! Recently I noticed that Joanne Toth-Lysiak was creating and posting about her Chimney Cakes on Facebook and I was intrigued!...

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Walnut Torte – Dios Torta

Walnut Torte – Dios Torta

Here is what my mom had to say about this recipe: This was my Mother’s recipe. It was her special presentation when we had American guests. My mother was also born here in America but she certainly instilled a great desire in me to know more about my heritage.  Good...

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Sour Cream Twists

Sour Cream Twists

Sour Cream Twists By Dorothy Bolla Ever holiday we would get together with the Bollas, these little gems were around. They aren't really complicated but they are tasty and perfect with a cup of coffee. Even though her great-grandchildren weren't born before she died,...

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Pogácsa

Pogácsa

POGÁCSA (Adapted from a recipe from Fenyőharaszt Castle Hotel in Hungary) While we were in Hungary in February 2018, we had some fantastic pogácsa at one of our stays. I really don't know why it was so good except that it was. The place we stayed graciously shared...

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Dobos Torta

Dobos Torta

Disclaimer: Apparently if you make this style torta and you do not make the caramelized topping it is called a Stefania Torta. However, I will still refer to this as a dobos torta even though it just doesn't have the top part. Our Hungarian Club in Ohio always...

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Nut Kalacs ~ Dios Beigli

Nut Kalacs ~ Dios Beigli

Delicious Dios Beigli Dough 2 tsp. dry yeast 1 cup lukewarm water 4 tbs. sugar 4 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs slightly beaten 1 tsp. salt Instructions:  Pour yeast in bowl, add water and sugar stirring until dissolved. Blend flour and butter with wire pastry...

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Braided European Raisin Bread

Braided European Raisin Bread

This recipe was in my mom's files from Chef Louis Szathmary who was the owner of The Bakery, a delightful and delicious restaurant in Chicago. If you were fortunate to have eaten at The Bakery, you know that Chef Louis and his wife, Sada, were two very special people....

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Lizzy’s Hungarian Fánk

Lizzy’s Hungarian Fánk

  Special Note: The fank pictured above has a filling of Bavarian Creme purchased from a local grocery store. Lizzy often makes her own Bavarian Creme but also serves fánk without any filling. Ingredients and Steps ½ cup of warm water 2 ¼ tsp of yeast (or one...

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