Sunday, September 28, 2014

Butter Horns - Traditional Hungarian Pastry

Grandma made the best Hungarian butter nut horns! Ah, Hungarian Butter Horns especially butter nut horns and butter apricot horns! Holidays were always the time of year that my grandmother Julia Nagy baked the most of her famous Hungarian Butter Horns. In fact, my grandma was famous locally for her traditional Hungarian pastry butter horns! She could make hundreds of these at a time, with several different fillings -- usually nuts, apricots, and prune.

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Grandma's nut horns, apricot horns, and prune horns were all so delicious. I love to reminisce about sitting in my grandmother's kitchen in Cleveland, Ohio and watching her cook and bake her butter horns. Her dough recipe was always so light and flaky. And, she was generous with her fillings.

It's interesting about nostalgic food memories. You can almost smell and taste these butter horns too. And, I actually can visualize grandma rolling out the dough, filling the butter horns and baking them. Ah, memories! Get the best-ever recipe here for this delicious comfort food. Yes, pastries are sweet comfort foods.!

Grandma, I sure do miss you and your delicious butter nut horns! {{{Hugs}}} My grandmother made the best Hungarian butter horns that I've ever tasted! She was famous for her traditional Hungarian pastry butter horns! I am thankful for the other Eastern European foods that my grandmother shared with us, stuffed cabbage, hungarian goulash, hungarian spaetzle, polish pierogi, langos, nut roll, poppy seed roll, butter horns, kifli, strudel, apple pie, crepes suzette and oh so many other traditional Hungarian goodies!

Thank goodness for our grandmothers who lovingly shared all their recipes to become our family traditions!

Photo Credit: Grandma's traditional Hungarian butter horns by hfb on Flickr.

Quick, all you ethnic pastry lovers : Vote!
We are talking nut + apricot + prune butter horns oh my! Ever tasted a Hungarian Butter Horn?
  • Yumm Yumm ... YES
  • Not sure
  • Nope, not yet had the pleasure

I Absolutely Adore Butter Horns!
"One of my earliest pastry memories was tasting the nut butter horns and apricot butter horns that my Grandma Julia Nagy made in her Cleveland, Ohio home."

Sitting in Grandma's kitchen in that tiny bungalow at 16605 Chatfield Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio ... something was always cooking! It seemed Grandma never sat still. I can see her kneading the dough and rolling it out with that really long wooden rolling pin. She had a side table in the kitchen that was filled with a wooden board. You've seriously got to try some delicious mouth-watering butter horns ... particularly the best-ever, authentic and traditional Hungarian recipes for some of the most tasty comfort foods in the world!

When you are ready to try other delicious Hungarian pastry recipes, check out Kifli : Traditional Hungarian Pastry, Langos - Traditional Hungarian Food, Nut Roll - Traditional Hungarian Pastry, and Poppy Seed Roll - Traditional Hungarian Pastry. --The Brand Ambassador for Hungarian Butter Horns, JaguarJulie!

P.S. I was the Official Squidoo Comfort Foods Contributor! Did you know that? Well, you probably guessed it.

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Grandma's Cooking the Best!
My grandmother's butter horns were so good that they melted in your mouth. She didn't need icing, but simply sprinkled confectioner's sugar on the horns after they cooled.

Hungarian Butter Horns Best-Ever Recipe
Grandma's recipe always used sour cream and Crisco!

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Ingredients and Instructions
Dough: 4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 packet yeast

Mix and add: 1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup lard
1/2 cup Crisco

Add: 3 egg yolks
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Form into 3 balls and chill 5 hours or overnight. Roll out balls with powdered sugar and cut with pizza cutter. Then spread filling on and shape roll into crescent.

Filling: 3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes until slightly browned. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar when done.

hungarian traditional butter horns

Traditional Hungarian Butter Horns are deliciously filled with nut, apricot, prune and other delicious fruits!

What do you like in your horns? - I particularly loved my grandmother's NUT butter horns! We previously debated Nuts vs Apricots and had a lively debate going with the comments evenly split between the two!

How to Make Butter Horns


Check out Lill's Kitchen, part II and part III on how to make butter horns.

Traditional Hungarian Butter Horns Recipe

Ingredients - Dough
4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1-1/4 cups butter
1 cake yeast
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions: Cut flour, salt and butter with a pastry blender or fork. Crumble yeast in flour mixture. Beat egg yolks and sour cream. Add to first mixture. Divide into 8 Equal parts. Roll each portion as you would for a pie. Cut into 8 wedges.

Ingredients - Filling
4 egg whites, beaten stiff
1 cup sugar, beaten stiff
1 cup finely ground nuts
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions: Spread filling and roll from wide end. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Makes 64. --cooks.com.

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Do you love the butter horns?
What is your favorite filling for butter horns? Better yet, let me know when you decide to make some.

History: Butter Horns : Traditional Hungarian Pastry was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on December 21, 2007. Highest lensrank ever achieved: #1,152 overall. Lens #215 in the quest for Giant Squid 300 Club.

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