Hungarian Desserts to Die For

Hungary is renowned for its fine pastries, some of them borrowed from Austria which, in turn, borrowed from France. In any case, Hungarians have created a delightful repertoire of rich desserts and stories to match.

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    Hungarian Raspberry-Cream Roll
    Hungarian Raspberry-Cream Roll. Barbara Rolek

    Roulades are simple sponge cake bases filled with jam, whipped cream or fruit (or all three) and rolled jellyroll fashion. This rich Hungarian Raspberry-Cream Roulade recipe is easier than it sounds. And the sponge cake recipe is one I've had great success with.

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    Hungarian Esterhazy Torte
    Hungarian Esterhazy Torte. Barbara Rolek.

    Scuttlebutt has it this Esterhazy Torte was named after 19th-century Prince Esterhazy of Hungary using Austrian techniques. It's a very rich dessert, so small slices are perfect. If an all-morning project isn't your thing, try this no-bake .

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    Hungarian Dobosh Torte
    Hungarian Dobosh Torte - Dobos Torta. Barbara Rolek

    Named after Hungarian pastry chef Jozsef C. Dobos in 1884, this rich cake sports seven layers, a rich buttercream filling and caramel top.

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    Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake
    Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake - Sutemeny Rigo Jancsi. Barbara Rolek

    This cake is named after Rigo Jancsi, a gypsy violinist, who helped create it for the woman he loved!

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    Hungarian Cream Puffs - Indianer
    Hungarian Cream Puffs - Indianer. Barbara Rolek

    Hungarian cream puffs - indianer - are similar to French mini cream puffs or profiteroles. Sometimes they are made with a sponge cake batter instead of a cream puff batter, or pate a choux, and baked in indianer pans or muffin tins.

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    Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
    Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska. Barbara Rolek

    This decadent Hungarian trifle recipe is known as somloi galuska (shom-loh-ee gah-LOOSH-kah), and is made with three different-flavored sponge cakes, pastry cream, raisins, walnuts, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.

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    Stacked Pancakes Recipe - Rakott Palacsinta

    Hungarin Stacked Pancakes
    Hungarian Stacked Pancakes - Rakott Palacsinta. Barbara Rolek

    These stacked pancakes, similar to French crepes, are layered with the preserves of your choice. The result is a not-too-sweet but satisfying dessert.

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    Sweet Cabbage Strudel Recipe

    Hungarian Sweet Cabbage Strudel
    Hungarian Sweet Cabbage Strudel. Barbara Rolek

    This recipe from James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Gale Gand was created by her grandmother who used cabbage to pinch hit for apples when money was tight.

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    Hungarian Plum Dumplings
    Hungarian Plum Dumplings - Szilvas Gomboc. Barbara Rolek.

    These dumplings are mildly sweet and can be served as a vegetarian or Lenten main course, a side dish, or, dusted with confectioners' sugar, as dessert.

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    Hungarian Apple Meringue Pancake Torte - Almas Palacsinta
    Hungarian Apple Meringue Pancake Torte - Almas Palacsinta. Barbara Rolek

    This recipe is made with thin crepe-like pancakes stacked one on top of the other with apple filling in between. It's kissed with a meringue topping and can be served warm or at room temperature.

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    Poached Peaches Recipe - Barack Kompot

    Bowl of Fresh Peaches
    Bowl of Fresh Peaches. Rosemary Calvert / Getty Images

    This is a simple presentation for tree-ripened fruit. If you want to gild the lily, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.