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Hungarian Sweet Noodle
One thing for certain; Hungarian cooking is rich, exciting, sometimes surprising
and often irresistible. Hungarians love to eat quality food, often in very large
quantities and they have always been resourceful cooks. Their favourite fare
makes use of basic, fresh ingredients prepared in simple yet delightful ways.
Nevertheless, these dishes can more than hold their own against the most
Hungarians love their endless varieties of pastas, noodles, pastries and cakes,
some of which are considered a main course in their own right. Even average
cooks can serve up a different dish for every day of a year, and they don't
have much to worry about the following year, either. Some are sweet, others
are savoury, but all Hungarian pastas and pastries are very tasty. Kneaded
boiled pasta, usually softer than its Italian counterparts, and countless
variations on the dumpling may be offered as a main course, and smaller
portions make an ideal dessert or side dish.
Of all the desserts served in Hungary, this category of sweetened dumplings
and noodles is the most foreign to the Westerner's palate. Yet, whenever I
speak to friends who have any Austro-Hungarian background, they always ask
about dumpling recipes. They share their individual stories about how their
grandmother's served fruit-stuffed dumplings; usually served with ground
walnuts, toasted bread crumbs, poppy seed or jams. Once tasted, never
forgotten. You have been given fair warning; once you sample any one of
these luscious treats, you will NOT be able to resist these classics.
Noodles With Poppy Seeds - Makos Metelt is broad egg noodles
sprinkled with ground poppy seeds and sugar.
Noodles With Walnuts - Dios Metelt is broad egg noodles sprinkled with
ground walnuts and sugar.
Noodles with Apricot Jam and Walnuts- Laska Teszta Dioval es
Lekvaral is same as previous, except the added delight of sweet and tangy
homemade Hungarian apricot jam mingles with the delightful flavours and
carries it to another level.
Noodles with Apricot or Plum Jam - Lekvaros Metelt is broad egg
noodles tossed with apricot or plum jams. When the jam melts a bit on the
buttered noodles, the flavour is hard to describe.
Hungarian Noodle Pudding - Magyaros Salt Laska Teszta is a
creation of egg noodles, sour cream, raisins, and nuts. Apricot jam joins the
party and is baked in a silky smooth egg custard.
Noodle Squares Filled with Jam and Cottage Cheese - Lekvaros es
Turos Derelye or Barat Ful. These play a close second to Italian Ravioli,
but again, with the sweet cottage cheese component
Cottage Cheese Noodle Pudding - Stiriai Metelt is prepared with tender
homemade egg noodles and cottage cheese in a soufflé batter, flavoured with
vanilla and lemon zest. Other variations can include adding apples or peaches
and or apricot jam.
Cottage Cheese Noodle Pudding - Varga Beles is a close relative of
Stiriai Metelt; the brainchild of a brilliant restaurateur. It consists of long,
narrow egg noodles mixed with butter, vanilla, raisins and cottage cheese
baked between multiple layers of Phyllo pastry, cut into cubes, dusted with
copious amounts of powdered sugar and served piping hot.
Treat yourself to a new style of eating. Simple, flavourful, fresh ingredients
and absolutely delightful.
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