Hungary is famous for its decadent Austrian-style pastries served in glamorous coffeehouses that make us feel as if time stopped somewhere at the turn of the last century. Travelers are often amazed by these elegant cakes in Hungary. Who can resist beauties like the seven-layer Dobos torta with its glistening caramelized top or the Esterházy torta with its rich walnut flavors? And then there is the annual National Cake of the Year to anticipate! Visiting a Hungarian patisserie can be a battle of wills as there’s such a selection of sugar-coated temptations that making a choice is difficult.
“Are there fairies in the Hungarian kitchens using secret recipes,” people ask after realizing how complicated these cakes are to prepare (and how delicious they taste). In fact, in Hungary our home cooks are like fairies in the kitchen. But they are not usually preparing fancy cakes like Dobos and Esterházy. Rather, they have a repertoire of simple and amazing recipes, and not all of them are secrets. Most Hungarian families have their own handwritten, well-worn cookbook inherited from mothers or grandmothers. It contains a long list of sweet pastries, cakes, dumplings, strudels, and pancakes, from the most simple ones to the very difficult-to-prepare ones, all are impossible to resist.Comments