Csöröge Fánk Doughnuts
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In her latest Facebook post, Katalin Novák, the Hungarian politician, Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs and Vice President of Fidesz, baked a traditional dessert together with Mária Borbás, a Hungarian television host of the popular programme called Gasztroangyal (Gastroangel).

According to 24, the Vice President is reminding Hungarians that 2020 is the year of national unity, as it is the centenary of the infamous Treaty of Trianon. They tore our country apart a hundred years ago, and we could not unite our nation ever since.

Katalin Novák invites people to a challenge; to commemorate the centenary of the Treaty of Trianon, she asks people to post their recipes or images of desserts from parts of the country that have been taken away by the treaty.

She then, with the help of Mária Borbás, proceeds to make a ‘tehéntúrós erdélyi csörögefánk’ (a type of doughnut with curd, Transylvania-style) and shares the video on her Facebook page.

Fánkot sütünk Borbás Marcsival

❗KIHÍVÁS❗Önök ismernek határon túli magyar süteményt? Osszák meg a receptjét vagy a képét itt, kommentben!2020 a Nemzeti Összetartozás éve. 100 éve szakították szét országunkat, de nemzetünket azóta sem sikerült egyesíteni.Készítsük el az elszakított országrészek magyar süteményeit, és segítsenek Önök is ebben!Én is megcsináltam most egy ilyen süteményt 🍩, segítségül pedig Borbás Marcsi hívtam. 👌Várjuk a recepteket, képeket, videókat!⬇⬇⬇

Posted by Novák Katalin on Saturday, 30 May 2020

Here is the recipe of the previously mentioned doughnut, as well as two other recipes we collected for you.

‘Tehéntúrós erdélyi csörögefánk’ (Doughnut with curd, Transylvania-style)

25 dkg curd
20-25 dkg flour
3 tablespoons of sugar – not necessary and can be substituted with sweeteners as well
lemon (you only need a few drops of juice and a little zest)
12.5 dkg butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
few teaspoons of rum
oil for frying (medium hot, if too hot, the dough will not rise)

Mix the curd and the egg in a bowl and grate some lemon zest into the mixture. Now you can add the butter to the bowl, mix it a little, and pour a few teaspoons of rum into the mixture. The rum will prevent the dough from absorbing the oil while frying. You can now add the flour gradually to the mix until the dough is formable and can be flattened with a rolling pin. While kneading the dough, squeeze or add some drops of lemon juice to the baking soda so that it starts foaming, then add it to the dough you are mixing. If you are ready with the dough, use some flour on your work surface so that it will not stick and flatten the dough with a rolling pin so that it is about 4-5 mm thick. Cut the dough into small squares (5-7cm) and make a cut in the middle of each square diagonally. You can try and twist one corner through the hole if you want to make it prettier or form it so that it is a little bit more rhombus-shaped, but you can also fry it as squares. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top or serve it with jam or marmalade. Enjoy.

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‘Kossuth kifli’ (Kossuth crescent roll)

20 dkg flour
20 dkg butter
20 dkg granulated sugar
8 dkg ground walnuts
4 eggs
1 packet of vanilla sugar
half a packet of baking powder
a pinch of salt

Mix the baking powder into the flour. Separate the yolk of the egg from its white. In a deep bowl, mix the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla sugar into a cream, then add the yolk of the egg to it and mix it in. In a separate bowl, add a pinch of salt to the egg white and whip it into a foam. Now add the flour and baking powder mix into the butter mixture and work it in, then carefully add the foam you made earlier to it as well. Butter and flour a pan of about 20cm by 30cm, pour the dough into it, and level the dough, then sprinkle it with the ground walnuts. In a pre-heated oven, bake it at 180 °C for 30 minutes. You can move the pan around the oven at half-time if it does not bake evenly. Take it out of the oven and let it cool. Use a crescent-shaped cookie cutter or cut by hand with a knife. It is best with some powdered sugar sprinkled on top and with some jam or marmalade. Enjoy.

You can find the original recipe with images to help you out here.

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‘Epres margaréta’ (Strawberry flowers)

1 pack of frozen puff pastry dough
25 dkg strawberries
5 dkg granulated sugar
1 dl water
2 tablespoons of vanilla pudding powder
for the cream:
3 dl milk
3 dkg granulated sugar
the remainder of the pudding powder (from 1 packet)
milk (according to the instructions of the pudding powder’s packaging)

Let the dough defrost until room temperature and unfold the dough to about 1 cm thick. You will need two cookie cutters; one should fit inside the other with spare room for the sides, to keep in the filling. Use the larger cookie cutter to cut the dough into a flower or star shape and use the smaller one to cut through half the thickness of the flowers in the middle. Try not to cut it through. In a pre-heated oven on medium heat (170-180 °C), bake for 10 minutes. If the dough rises, it is ready. Take it out and let it cool.

While the dough is cooling, prepare the strawberry ‘jam’. Cut the fresh, washed strawberries into a bowl and add the sugar and half of the water. Heat it until boiling. You can also add vanilla sugar or lemon juice into it if you want. Mix two tablespoons of pudding powder with the remaining water and add it to the boiling strawberry mixture. Stir it until it thickens. Take it off the heat and let it cool.
Now you can start making the pudding while you wait. Mix the remaining pudding powder with the sugar and milk until it is not lumpy. Boil the rest of the milk and add the mixture to it. Cook it until it thickens and let it cool a bit, but it should still be runny enough to put it into the dough.

Cut the middle sections out of the dough with a knife. This will create a hole with a bottom in the middle of the shapes. Fill it with the pudding and then the strawberry ‘jam’ you made. Put the middle on top. Serve it with some powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Enjoy.

You can find the original recipe with images to help you out here.

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Source: 24.hu, nemzetikonyha.hu

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