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Hungarian Desserts to Die For

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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.

1. Raspberry-Cream Roulade Recipe - Malna Piskotatekercs

Hungarian Raspberry-Cream Roll
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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.

2. Esterhazy Torte Recipe

Hungarian Esterhazy Torte
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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 Easy Esterhazy Torte Recipe.

3. Dobosh Torte Recipe

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

4. Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe - Sutemeny Rigo Jancsi

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

5. Cream Puffs Recipe - Indianer

Hungarian Cream Puffs - Indianer
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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.

6. Trifle Recipe - Somloi Galuska

Hungarian Trifle or Somloi Galuska
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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.

7. Stacked Pancakes Recipe - Rakott Palacsinta

Hungarin Stacked Pancakes
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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.

8. Sweet Cabbage Strudel Recipe

Hungarian Sweet Cabbage Strudel
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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.

9. Plum Dumplings Recipe - Szilvas Gomboc

Hungarian Plum Dumplings
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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.

10. Apple Meringue Pancake Torte Recipe - Almas Palacsinta

Hungarian Apple Meringue Pancake Torte - Almas Palacsinta
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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.

11. Poached Peaches Recipe - Barack Kompot

Hungarian Poaches Peaches
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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.

12. Cold Peach Soup Recipe - Hideg Oszibarack Leves

Hungarian Cold Peach Soup
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This refreshing cold soup is the perfect finish to a meal on a hot, sultry, summer day. Cherry soup is another favorite.
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