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joi, 26 noiembrie 2015

HUNGARIAN FOOD

LANGOS RECIPE - HUNGARIAN FRIED BRED

This is a very popular "fast food" of the hungarians which you will find everywhere in Transylvania. Langos can be made with yoghurt, sour cream or milk, a dash of sugar along with salt,and sometimes with flour and some boiled mash potatoes, which is called potato langos. It is eaten fresh and warm, topped with sour cream and grated cheese, garlic or garlic butter,or doused with garlic water. Langos can be cooked at home or bought at markets or streets vendors around the country. The name came from "lang" which it means "flame" in hungarian.
Traditionally, langos was baked in front of a brick oven, close to the flames. It was made from bred dough and served as breakfast in the days when the fresh bred was made. Nowadays, langos is fried in oil.

The ingredients for making about 10 pieces of langos are: 

- 300 grams, all purpose flour
-     7 grams dried ( instant) yeast
- 250 mililiters of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- sunflower oil for frying
- toppings ; sour cream, grated cheese, garlic sauce

How to made it: 
In a mug, dissolve the salt in the water. In a bowl, combine the sifted flour with the yeast. Add the salty water to it and stir thourougly ( if it`s sticky add a little bit more flour ) Work the dough with a wooden spoon or with your hands until the dough it`s smooth and no longer sticks to the bowl. Leave the dough in the bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let it raise for about 30-40 minutes or untill it has doubled in size.
Once it is rested, carefully tip out the dough onto a floured surface, stretch it out into a square, and cut out about 10 cm ( 3,93 inches) round shapes with a big glass ( a big cookie cutter also works ) Stretch out each piece with your fingers into a round shape with the centre being thinner then the edges. Let pieces rest for another 30 minutes on the same floured surface.
In a saucepan heat sunflower oil. Place the langos into the hot oil, fry it on one side until golden brown and then turn it. repeat with the remaining langos dough.
Serve while it`s hot. You can eat it simple or sprinkled with chopped garlic, or doused with garlic water and topped with grated cheese and sour cream.







GOULASH SOUP
Gulyás, that iconic Hungarian paprika-spiked beef soup, is not a regular in my kitchen. Why make it at home when it is served at nearly every Hungarian restaurant in Budapest? I love a good bowl of gulyás, and even served it to a crowd of visitors on the night before my wedding. But truth be told, I’ve been goulashed out for awhile now. I’ve avoided ordering and eating it for so long now (which I can partially blame on the fact that there’s just so much new and good stuff to taste in Budapest these days) that it came as a pleasant surprise recently when my husband’s bowl of gulyás at a restaurant looked so good to me that I ended up eating half of it. And then, a few days later I made a big pot of it at home.
As Hungarian recipes go, gulyás is a simple dish to make and doesn’t require any special ingredients. Once you do all of the chopping, all you need to do is check it occasionally as it slowly simmers and perfumes the house. Since it’s so easy to make a good goulash you would think it would be hard to make a bad one. But it happens, and there is nothing worse than being served a watery, lifeless gulyás with little substance to it.
There are a few rules to making gulyás, but there are many different variations on the recipe. Essentially it is a soup made with beef (or less commonly veal or mutton), lots of paprika (good, sweet Hungarian paprika is essential), very slow-cooked onions, and vegetables (normally carrots, potatoes, and parsley root). Every cook has his or her own preferred ratio. I like mine hearty, the broth rich with lots of meat and vegetables. I add lots of finely chopped onions, since they thicken the broth and add lots more flavor.
The best kind of gulyás, in my opinion, uses several different cuts of beef (George Lang’s recipe calls for an optional piece of beef heart). It’s perfectly fine to use a lesser cut of beef, since if you cook it long enough, the soup will be just fine. In fact, you’d be wasting your money to use an expensive cut. One chef I know always uses beef cheeks, which are wonderful in the soup. As with many Hungarian recipes, you start by slowly sautéing chopped onions in fat (lard or oil). You don’t want the onions to brown, but rather to get clear and glassy, so cook them over the lowest heat possible (this is a good time to gather and prep all of your other ingredients). Next, you’ll stir in a few spoonfuls of sweet Hungarian paprika (being careful not to burn it, since it easily caramelizes in hot fat) and some caraway seeds, add the meat, and pour in the water. Then, you just wait (sometimes for several hours, depending on the cut of meat you used) until it is nearly ready, which is when you add your vegetables. If you have time you can make some csipetke (pinched pasta), but that is not necessary.
In Hungary, a bowl of gulyás is a simple meal, but one that anyone would be happy to eat, whether as the first course at a fancy restaurant, or a one-dish dinner on a Tuesday night. If you have a bottle of not-too-heavy red wine, it will go beautifully with the gulyás. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get back to cooking gulyás at home. But now that the cooler weather is arriving, I am pretty sure that it will be cooked soon again in my kitchen. Even my husband, a guy who has eaten a lot of gulyás in his life (and is normally the family’s dedicated gulyás maker) loved it. “This might be the best bowl of gulyás I’ve ever had,” were his exact words. Just don’t tell his anya.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons oil or lard
  • 5 medium onions, diced
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 2½ liters (2½ quarts) water, plus a few extra spoonfuls
  • 3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika (sweet)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1½ kg (3¼ lbs) beef, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 5 medium carrots, sliced into bite-sized rounds
  • 2 medium parsnip, sliced into bite-sized rounds
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • Csipetke (pinched pasta), optional
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil or lard in a large pot (preferably a Dutch oven). Add the onions along with a few spoonfuls of water (so they don’t brown) and a pinch of the salt. Cook slowly over very low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the onions are clear and glassy.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the paprika, pepper, and caraway seeds. Stir quickly to combine and add a tiny bit of water (to prevent the paprika from burning).
  3. Add the meat and garlic and cook over high heat, stirring, until the meat is slightly browned (about ten minutes). Turn the heat down to low, add a few spoonfuls of water, and cook for about 15 more minutes, until the meat is nearly cooked through.
  4. Add the water and keep cooking, over low heat, for at least an hour, or until the meat is cooked and nearly tender enough to serve. This could take hours, depending on the cut of beef you used.
  5. When the meat is nearly done, add the tomatoes, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes and cook for about 15 more minutes, or until they are tender (being careful not to overcook them). Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper, if needed.
  6. If you are using csipetke or another kind of small pasta, add it to the soup before serving. You can serve this soup with hot pepper or hot pepper paste.
Notes
This makes a very large pot of soup! If you’d like to freeze some of it, do it before adding the vegetables.   



KURTOS KALACS - Chimney Cake Recipe
A chimney cake is an odd thing in that it’s an enriched yeast bread that’s  wound onto a thick wooden spit, then roasted over a charcoal fire. The hardest part of this recipe is constructing the implement you need. More on that as the week progresses.
For the dough:
8.5 ounces (1 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sugar
1/8 teaspoons salt
2 egg yolks, room-temperature
1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) melted butter
4 ounces (1/2 cup) milk, room temperature
For the grilling:
vegetable oil for lubricating the spindle
melted butter
sugar
For the topping:
about 3 ounces (1 cup) walnuts, ground and mixed with
about 3.5 ounces (1/2 cup) sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Combine the dry dough ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Do the same with the wet ingredients and add them to the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until it comes together to form a dough, then knead it for about five minutes. Allow the dough to rise for 40 minutes. Cut the dough into a long ribbon with a pizza cutter (as shown).
Paint your spit with vegetable oil. Wrap one end of the dough around the spit, tucking in the end so the dough doesn’t unwind. Keep the dough very thin as you stretch and wind, under 1/4″ inch. Roll the whole thing on the countertop to flatten it/press it together. Paint the dough with melted butter and roast over the fire for about six minutes, sprinkling on sugar, until it starts to take on a dark golden color.
Paint on more butter, then roll the finished cake in the nut mixture. Tap the mold on a table top to release the cake and set it upright to cool. Make more and eat, eat, eat.




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