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Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Hungarians have appropriated the rich pastry tradition of their Austrian neighbors and added a few tricks of their own. Hungarian trifle or somloi galuska is a perfect example.

Somloi galuska literally means "dumplings from Somlo." This decadent dessert is made with three different types of sponge cake, vanilla pastry cream, raisins, and walnuts. It is traditionally scooped onto a dessert plate or soup bowl in round, dumpling-like balls (hence its name), and garnished with chocolate rum sauce and whipped cream.

Legend has it a Hungarian pastry chef who lived in the Somlo region of Hungary created the dessert for his wife. Somlo, a famed white-wine-producing region, is located in northwestern Hungary, about 100 miles from the Austrian alps and about 40 mles from Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe.

Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Today, somloi galuska is sometimes presented cut in squares to reveal the different layers. Either way, it's a delicious, rich dessert that goes well with strong coffee.

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Comments

August 6, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(1) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Your desserts never cease to amaze me in their diversity and richness.

November 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm
(2) Viktoria says:

This is all really nice, but you should check your culinary history. When you say “Hungarians have appropriated the rich pastry tradition of their Austrian neighbors and added a few tricks of their own.”, you are switching up the names of the two countries. It is the Austrians who have borrowed pastry knowledge from the Hungarians, not the other way around. Have a stroll through Budapest, then have a stroll through Vienna. The difference will be obvious.

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