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.
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