Saturday, June 23, 2012

Savory Hungarian Cheese Biscuits Pogácsa Recipe

My husband Andrei is an avid baker. Being born in Hungary he has close ties with this country and occasionally bakes Hungarian pastry. We would like to share a recipe of Pogácsa our favorite Hungarian savory cheese biscuits.

- 250g cottage cheese
- 100 ml milk
- 1 level tablespoon of sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp yeast
- 600g flour
- Two sticks (250g) butter
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2+1 egg yolks
- 200g shredded cheddar cheese plus some more for topping

- Microwave the milk for 20-30 seconds until warm, but not hot. Add the sugar and yeast, mix, let stand for 5 minutes.
- Mix the salt into the flour.
- Mix two egg yolks with the sour cream.
- Mash the cottage cheese with a potato masher, add the milk and sour cream and mix into an even mass.
- Cut the butter to 5mm (1/4 inch) cubes, then mix it into the flour. Crumble the butter pieces with hands or with a pastry blender, until you get pea-sized pieces.
- Add the cottage cheese-milk-sour cream mass, mix quickly and make a dough ball. Don't knead or overmix. If the dough is not coming together, add more sour cream, one tablespoon at a time. Don't over-moisturize the dough.
- Let the dough stand for an hour at room temperature.
- Roll the dough out into a square ~1cm (1/2 inch) thick.
- Spread the cheese evenly over the dough.
- Roll it up tightly and let stand again for 30 minutes.
- In the mean time, preheat the oven to 200C (400F), line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and lightly grease with spray oil.
- Roll the dough out into a long rectangle ~2cm (1 inch) thick.
- Cut out the pogácsa biscuits using a 4-5 cm (1.5-2 inch) round pastry cutter and carefully place them on the sheets.
- You can collect and combine the leftover dough, roll it out and cut again. The resulting "second round" biscuits won't be as pretty as the first ones, but they will taste just as great!
- Brush the biscuits with the remaining egg yolk.
- Top each biscuit with a pinch of shredded cheese (optional).
- Bake the pogácsa the hot oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.



Jennifer said...

oh, Yum! These sound delicious!

Eugenie said...

Tonya, it is so cruel of you... Thank you )))

Susie Hughes said...

This is my third go at this recipe, the only thing I decided to do different was to mix the grated cheese in with the flour. ..excellent results. THANK YOU FOR SHARING