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Hungarian crêpes – Palacsinta

One day, when I was in seventh grade, probably on a Saturday or during the summer, my parents and my sister went to work in our vineyards.  I stayed at home alone.  By the time they came home I had made crêpes.  Never before and not for a long time after did I make anything by myself in the kitchen.  Both my sister and I occasionally helped, but the kitchen was my mother’s territory.  On that day when they came home, my mother looked at me and said “You will be fine”, meaning I will be all right in the […]

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Hamburger buns – Hamburger zsemle

I’ve been baking a lot in my life, even with yeast, but savory breads and their like were not very often a part of my repertoire.  In my quest to replace the commercial, store bought, you can squeeze it into a flat paper-like substance by the time you are done with eating your burger type of bun, I searched and found a doable recipe for homemade hamburger buns.  I adapted the recipe from Making Fresh Bread, a cookbook of the brand “Love Food” of the British publisher Parragon which promises to “create bread in your home with perfect results”.

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Pumpkin muffins – Sütőtökös muffinok

In many countries throughout the world, November 1st is observed as All Saint’s Day.  I grew up with this tradition in what was then Czechoslovakia.  After I moved to America, I learned that here and in some other parts of the world, it is October 31st, Halloween that is celebrated with its interesting activities like kids trick-or-treating or adults attending costume parties.  And there is pumpkin carving, and contests in pumpkin carving, and decorating with pumpkins around houses.

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Baked apples with rolled oat crust – Zabpehely kéreg alatt sült alma

After a long absence from my blog, I hope my presence will become more regular after I settle into the routine of the new school year.  Developing the routine is taking a little bit longer than usual – more about this in a future post.  Today I present this easy and wonderful way of preparing apples under a crispy sweet crust of rolled oats.  I adapted the recipe from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook.  You can use almost any type of fruit, or you can mix different fruits together.

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Salted chocolate-rye cookies – Sós csokoládés rozslisztes sütemény

These are not your usual chocolate chip cookies.  These are more like truffles, rich and moist inside with a delicate crust outside.  You will need a lot of chocolate but you won’t regret it.  I first saw the recipe just the other day on my friend Kathleen’s wonderful blog Nurturing Life, and because I was in the mood of baking that afternoon, gave it a try.  I was very much pleased with the result and anyone to whom I gave these cookies – to a few co-workers at my and my husband’s workplaces – agreed that they are the most […]

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Latkes – Röszti

Did you know that latkes have a Middle Eastern origin?  They are an Ashkenazic Hanukkah specialty, but of course could be eaten at any time of the year.  They are “truly marvelous and a good way to start any meal, or to accompany roasted beef” says Yotam Ottolenghi in his cookbook Jerusalem written with his friend Sami Tamimi.

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Pozsony crescent – Pozsonyi kifli

No doubt about it – this is my signature pastry.  I baked it sooooo… many times both for festive and everyday occasions, so by now I am quite fast when forming the little crescents.  It is a traditional sweet pastry in many European nations made with a light yeasted dough and ground walnuts or ground poppy seeds as rich filling.  I like how they are not uniform in size – at least not in the way how I make them – and also how some might have a little bit more filling than the others.  It is a little bit […]

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Morning glory oats – Reggeli zabkorpa

You can say good bye to boring oatmeal, if you cook it with a little twist.  I got the recipe from Megan Gordon’s Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons.  She writes a beautiful blog, A Sweet Spoonful, and this lovely cookbook is her first one, published in the end of December 2013.  Megan designed the recipe for slow Sundays in winter; I made the oats on a slow wintry Saturday morning, right after I purchased my copy of the cookbook.