Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes

Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes
Chef Ilona Szabo Reveals The Secrets of Hungarian Cooking

Saturday, April 7, 2012



(reposted from our archived posts Nov 2008)

Gugelhupf or Kugelhupf From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia German cake called "Gugelhupf" Czech version called "Bábovka" with cocoa filling. A Gugelhupf or Kugelhupf is a southern German, Austrian, Swiss and Alsatian term for a type of cake. In the Czech Republic it is called bábovka, in Poland it is called babka, in Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, it is called kuglof. It has the general shape of a torus, like a donut. As with the Jewish dish kugel, the name 'gugelhupf' is related to the Middle High German word Kugel meaning "ball" or "globe".

A common Gugelhupf consists of a soft yeast dough and contains raisins, almonds and Kirschwasser cherry brandy. Some also contain candied fruits and nuts. It is baked in a special circular pan, originally made of enamelled pottery, now also used for making Bundt cakes. It is usually eaten for breakfast or a coffee break.

It was the sweet chosen to represent Austria in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006.

One of the lovely ladies who purchased our cookbook wondered if there were kuglof recipes in our book. 

Although we have a few coffee cake recipes, we tried to only classic hungarian favourites. We have the Aranygaluska (which translated means Golden Dumplings - they are not dumplings, but because the yeast sweet dough is torn into sections into the buttered pan - hence the name Galuksa)

I had to re-route her to Kuglof Heaven. http://kuglof.lap.hu/

There's probably 500 or more recipes of every kind of Kuglof on the planet. And oddly enough - the website is from Hungary.

Clara (Hot Hungarian Chef)
Visit our website for more recipes and information about Clara & Helen Czegeny

Clara's Sister Anne Lindsay writes in the book's congratulations.... "Clara and my dear mother Helen co-authored these treasured Hungarian family recipes. It must have been an amazing task - God bless you both! Great Job!"

You will thoroughly enjoy this Rhapsody of recipes as you walk through the culture and savour the flavours of Hungary!

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