Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes

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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What is Everyone Saying about Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes?

“Named Top Hungarian Cookbooks for 2012" Barbara Rolek - Eastern European Food Guide July 2012

"There is more to Hungarian fare than Gulyás. Truly a labour of love..."  Larry Hoffman - The Cookbook Man June 2012

"This success story is just fantastic" A global sensation! Phillip Mare Anchor Travel Radio, Johannesburg, South Africa January 2012

"We just send you much applause and praise for your excellent promotion of classic Hungarian cuisine throughout the world." Budapest Tourism - Gabor Nagy January 2011

"Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes - TOP 10 EASTERN EUROPEAN COOKBOOKS particularly from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Clara has taken her mother’s treasured recipes and stories and written them down into a spiral bound, homey cookbook.  Full of information about the ingredients, techniques and tools, this little cookbook will make you feel as though you are sitting at the table with family enjoying one of Helen’s meals." 10 Best Cookbooks by Pauline's Cookbooks Wordpress October 2010

"I found an English written Hungarian cookbook. The writer of this book, and the maker of the foods appearing in it, is Helen who has rebuilt her life in Montreal based on Hungarian gastronomy" Alkotonők.hu Erika Urban, CEO, November 2010

"The board is especially impressed with the way in which your treasured Hungarian recipes are spreading Hungarian Culture, Heritage and Patriotism by keeping alive the true classic Hungarian recipes outside the borders of Hungary in North America and the rest of the world." Hungarian Tourism Board, Budapest, Gabor Kluka October 2010

"Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes is such a hit with our audience and everyone just loves you!" Kyle Christie CTV News Anchor, April 2010

"These ladies sure know how to write and cook" Debra Frigault, President KW Business Women's Association February 2010

"This is absolutely wonderful - comfort food at it's finest" Nancy Richards CTV News Anchor, April 2010

"I just love everything about Hungarian Food. I want to try everything." Ted Lehman Inside Brant  TV- News Anchor October 2010

"Readers of Hungarian origin will be very thrilled to see all the dishes they ate as children, but never learned to make. Lecsó lives on!" Ted Lehman Inside Brant TV News Anchor April 2010

"The Hot Hungarian Chef, A.K.A. Clara Czegeny, has some hot recipes for you in her "Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes. There's a lot to love in this book" says, Barbara Rolek - By Barbara Rolek, About.com Guide October  2010

"The most appealing quality of Helen’s Hungarian Heritage Recipes is her daughter's friendly voice recalling her mother’s cooking instructions and homey sisterly banter" - Edward Behr, Art of Eating Magazine Fall 2009

"What started out as an idea for a small recipe booklet to share with friends and family, Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes has turned into a National Success for this dynamic mother-daughter duo from Brantford, Ontario"  Kyle Christie, CTV News Anchor - October 2009

"Famous Chef Helen Szabo Czegeny stopped in to teach the students how to make Chicken Paprikas. Celebrated Chef Lindsay Vandekamp invited Helen and Clara to teach her Ethnic Cooking Class to feature Hungarian Food. Helen is famous for her Hungarian recipes and is doing a book tour this month." Liaison College Hamilton October 2009

"We found this valuable treasure of Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes by chance online and just had to have it to promote to our loyal Hungarian Customers worldwide". Elizabeth (Szabo) Vos Magyar Marketing (USA) October 2009

HOT HUNGARIAN CHEFS, "The front door opens and out wafts the tangy-sweet aroma of cinnamon and baked apples. Not a surprise, really, since this is the house owned by Helen Czégény, an 83-year-old dynamo who, along with daughter, Clara Czegeny." Greg McMillan, Senior Editor, BRANT NEWS November 2009

"If you remember your grandmother as permanently apron-clad, stationed by the stove holding a wooden spoon and sharing wonderful stories of her childhood in a strong foreign accent as she stirred, kneaded, chopped and sliced, then Helen’s Hungarian Heritage Recipes will strike an emphatic chord". Petra Tanos, Art of Eating Magazine Fall 2009

"Celebrated Chef Helen Szabo Czegeny and Clara Czegeny were invited guest chefs to teach their chef trainees all about Hungarian Goulash Soup and Apple Squares. What a treat! There wasn't a morsel left! Everyone praised and thanked Chef Helen and Clara on how professional their teaching class went." Liaison College - Kitchener -November 2009

“Are you Hungry for Hungary? Do you crave cabbage rolls, drool over dumplings or get all atwitter about torte? Mother-daughter team create new cookbook!" Heather Ibbotson, Brantford Expositor, November 2008

"A Perfect Gift for Any Age- Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes is just perfect!" Colleen Thoms, Brantford Expositor December 2008

"Imagine that the creative chef and her secret recipes has most ingredients and methods for preparation stored in her head, with only bits of information jotted down on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes, sometimes in Hungarian, or Swedish, German, or even Russian". --Kit McDermott, Senior Editor, Lifestyles, Brantford Expositor - February 2006

“Clara Czegeny's cookbook is a small treasure with a big heart. The loving result of a desire to honour an aging parent". Gordon M. Balfour, BusMgr-Writer-Gideons International In Canada, February 2006

"Clara and my dear mother Helen, co-authored these treasured Hungarian family recipes. So, whether you crave Chicken Paprikas or Almás Rétes, this authentic, beloved, cherished and Hungarian Heritage Recipe collection includes a vast array of national favourites, from appetizers through desserts". 


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Classic Rich Dark Chocolate Pudding by Clara Czegeny - Hot Hungarian Chef

 Classic Rich Dark Chocolate Pudding Plus 5 Luscious Variations On A Theme!

Have a Love Affair with Chocolate...
Did you know that yesterday, 1 billion people ate chocolate. Did you also know that 9/10 people L-O-V-E chocolate. Ok, here's another fact. 50% of us CAN'T live without it. I love chocolate, but not just ANY chocolate. Healthy chocolate. In my pudding too!
What does: crying over spilled milk, cream rising to the top, proof in the pudding and food for thought have to do with life? Everything. We just can't get over talking about food, especially with reference to dessert foods. Cake, peaches, cherries, apples, pie and pudding seem to find their way into everyday conversation. And why not? We should have our cake and eat it too! What chocolate lover can resist the rich, delectable taste of a creamy chocolate pudding? I know I can't.

Chocolate Pudding Trivia

Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation on chocolate custard, with starch used as thickener rather than eggs. Early versions of the dish using both egg and flour can be found in the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School Cook Book and in the 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer's Kentucky Receipt Book. In the late 19th and early 20th century, chocolate pudding was thought of as an appropriate food for invalids or children as well as a dessert. It was not considered a health food in the modern sense of the term, but as a wholesome, high-calorie food for those with poor appetites due to ill-health. General Foods (Jell-O) introduced chocolate pudding mix in 1934 as "Walter Baker's Dessert". It was renamed "Jell-O Chocolate Pudding" in 1936. Ref: Wikipedia.

Chocolate Pudding is a class of dessert with chocolate flavors. There are two main types: a boiled then chilled, texturally a custard set with starch, version common to North America while a steamed or baked, texturally similar to cake, version is popular in the primarily British Isles, Australia and New Zealand.

A silky-smooth and amazingly satisfying decadent rich dark chocolate pudding with 5 easy variations. I am sure there's more, you can come up with more of your own! A delicious chocolate pudding that is the only way to end a dinner for two, a celebration or a simple family mealtime. I know this will become a favourite stand-by for sure! You won't find this in Gourmet or Bon Appetite! This recipe is so full-proof, your 6 year old could make it!

Dark Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 cups milk (any kind)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (or white)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 8 oz. 70% dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 oz dark chocolate shavings
  • 2 oz arrowroot powder or
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
Dark Chocolate Pudding: Pour 1½ cups milk into a medium saucepan and add sugar, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla and salt. Bring to a simmer and whisk until chocolate has melted and it's smooth. Meanwhile whisk the cornstarch into the remaining milk until it has dissolved. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the chocolate mixture whisking well. Continue cooking over low heat, stirring constantly until the pudding has thickened. Take off heat and whisk in butter cubes until it becomes shiny. Then, pour into your choice of tall parfait glasses, ramekins or small bowls and refrigerate until set, about an hour. Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

HINT- Use cornstarch or arrowroot, but there is a slight variance in the smooth glossy texture and sheen that comes with using arrowroot powder.
Serves 4

  • 1 cup 35% whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. white chocolate
Heat cream and white chocolate together in a small saucepan, just until chocolate has melted. Whisk smooth. Pour into a medium bowl and place in refrigerator until well chilled. Once cooled whip into soft peaks and dollop onto chocolate pudding and garnish with chocolate shavings. (Recipe above)

VARIATION # 2 - COCONUT CHOCOLATE PUDDING - Use 1 14 oz Coconut milk + 2 oz of water. Serve dusted with the coconut flakes previously toasted in a dry skillet.

VARIATION # 3 - ALMOND CHOCOLATE PUDDING - Replace milk with 2 cups unsweetened almond milk and almond extract instead of vanilla. Top with toasted slivered almonds previously toasted in a dry skillet.

VARIATION # 4 MEXICAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING - Replace dark chocolate with Mexican Chocolate (it can be used in traditional Mexican dishes like mole and it can be used in baking for an unusual flavour) Alternately, replace vanilla extract with 1/2 tsp cinnamon or cayenne. Kick it up yet another notch by adding 1 shot of Kahlua, Mexican coffee-flavored liqueur.

VARIATION # 5 - SPIKED CHOCOLATE PUDDING -Replace vanilla extract with Chocolate liquor or Tia Maria (Jamaican coffee liqueur) or Kahlua (Mexican coffee-flavored liqueur)
Would be seriously interested which one got the most tries!

Clara M. Czegeny is self-proclaimed Hot Hungarian Chef and Author of "Helen's Hungarian Heritage Recipes TM © 2005" Cookbook.

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