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Cheese and apple puffs – Sajtos almás párna

From the moment I discovered Nigel Slater’s cookbooks, his TV-show on BBC, and his recipes in The Guardian, I was hooked.  I like his writing a lot.  I like his style of talking about food, but most importantly, the simplicity of his recipes.  I started creating and re-creating what I read, and what I watched online.

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Roasted spiced carrots – Sült fűszeres sárgarépa

My friend Tricia is a vegetarian.  I had the good fortune to nourish her at our dining table a few times throughout the years, which has inspired me to focus more on vegetables and incorporate them into our diet more frequently.  Now we live a few hundred miles away from each other.  I hope through some of my postings she might be able to get ideas for her own cooking.  I would like to dedicate all of these vegetarian recipes to her.

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Yeast-raised waffles – Élesztős gofri

In the last two months at work, two of my colleagues surprised me with two different issues of this year’s SAVEUR magazine.  Kathy thought I would enjoy the article on Hungarian cooking in the October 2013 issue – yes, I did very much – and Peter, while giving me a bunch of architectural and gardening magazines, maybe threw into the mix the January/February issue just for variety.  In the past, I didn’t pay too much attention to cooking magazines (no time really to read magazines), but when a few days ago Peter asked for my opinion about the proper temperature […]

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Hungarian apple tart – Almás pite

The Hungarian word pite is not easy to translate into English.  My dictionary says: pite – fruit-flan, pie, tart, and for almás pite – apple tart/turnover.  Other sources call it apple cake.  The name doesn’t really matter – the two flaky buttery crusts, bottom and top, filled with cinnamon flavored apples make one of the classic Hungarian pastry staples.

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Hungarian walnut bars – Diós sütemény

My family always had a large walnut tree.  That meant picking fresh walnuts in the fall and drying them in boxes for lots of baking throughout the year. In these days, here in Seattle, we don’t have a tree, so I buy the walnuts, usually shelled. I love them and bake often with them.

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Hungarian sponge cake with fruit – Gyümölcsös vajas piskóta

The sweet smell of fruit and butter lingers in the air long after this cake has been removed from the oven.  Many times over the years I baked it when I wanted something easy and delicious.  This cake is a perfect companion to tea.  Thanks to my sister for the recipe.  In my old-fashioned, hand-written Hungarian recipe book, it’s the first entry.  Only six lines – ingredients and instructions together.