Sunday, September 28, 2014

Langos - Traditional Hungarian Food

I sure do love Hungarian Langos folks! Lately, I've been hearing a lot of buzz about Hungarian Langos which is a traditional Hungarian food that is rather like a fried bread. Thinking about langos makes for a nostalgic moment in taking me back to my grade school experiences staying with my grandmother, Julia Nagy, in Cleveland, Ohio.

hungarian langos traditional food
That one year alone with grandma helped to put on 15 pounds from all of her fantastic Hungarian and Slovak cooking. Of course Hungarian Langos were a big part of the menu along with stuffed cabbage, hungarian goulash, hungarian spaetzle, 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 for their sharing the family recipes and for creating our love for such comfort foods!

Ah, Hungarian Langos -- it is a traditional Hungarian Fried Bread that can have a variety of toppings! I sure do love Langos folks! Check out the best-ever recipes for Hungarian Langos! IMHO, it's a Hungarian take on what we know as a pizza!

Photo Credit: Delicious Hungarian Langos by silangel on Flickr.

Have you ever tried Hungarian Langos?
Rather like a flat bread or tart! Ever eaten a Langos?
  • Yes, quite a few in fact
  • Oh, maybe once or twice
  • No--not yet
hungarian langos traditional food by silangel

My Confession : Grandma Made the Best-Ever Hungarian Langos
My grandma Julia Nagy had the most authentic and traditional old-world Hungarian and Slovak comfort foods! "Come on in and have a virtual taste of the Hungarian Langos! We predict you will love it and want to try more!"

After you have had your fill of Hungarian Langos, may I heartily encourage you to give Hungarian recipes a try? You'll want to start with Butter Horns, Hungarian Pastry - 5 Fabulous Recipes, Kifli : Traditional Hungarian Pastry, Nut Roll - Traditional Hungarian Pastry, and of course Poppy Seed Roll - Traditional Hungarian Pastry. These are my favorite, best-ever, authentic and traditional Hungarian recipes for pastries and desserts. Yes, pastries and desserts can be categorized as sweet and delicious comfort foods! --The Brand Ambassador for the Langos, JaguarJulie!

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

jaguarjulie and grandma julia nagy in cleveland ohio kitchen

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.

grandmothers tip for langos

My Grandmother's TIP for Langos!
She usually used just a bread dough and topped the langos with confectioner's sugar! YUMM YUMM!!!

hungarian langos frying by KellyKory
Photo Credit: Hungarian Langos frying by KellyKorv on Flickr
Photo taken on December 22, 2007 using a Nikon D70s

Hungarian Langos Frying in Oil - I believe you can smell the langos! 

Langos Recipe submitted by Elizabeth C.
Part of the best-ever recipes collection! This recipe sounds quite a bit like my grandmother's recipe!

Ingredients
3 c. flour
1 pkg. yeast
1 pinch salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 c. water
1 pat butter

Instructions
Melt butter in saucepan, add water and heat through until warm (105-115 degrees). Pour into large bowl. Add yeast and sugar to bowl and let stand for a few minutes for yeast to soften. Add 2 cups flour to bowl and beat with electric mixer until well blended. Add the rest of flour to bowl.

Knead on a lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in greased bowl, cover with damp paper towel and let rise for 1 hour.

Punch dough down and roll dough on floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.

Cut as desired pieces and fry in hot oil until slightly brown. Remove from oil and place on several thicknesses of paper towels to cool. Rub with fresh garlic before serving.

Hungarian Langos with Delicious Toppings
Doesn't this Langos look yummy?

hungarian langos by jon aslund
Photo Credit: Langos by Jon Aslund on Flickr
Photo taken on December 1, 2007 using a Nokia E70.

Hungarian Langos Recipe by Ilona Horvath
Submitted by Carolyn K.

Ingredients
2 medium potatoes
1-1/4 to 1-2/3 cups of milk
1 oz yeast
Pinch of sugar
14 oz flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 liter ( 1 quart) of oil

Instructions
Cook the well washed potatoes. In a mug, prepare the leavening agent: crumble the yeast into 1/2 cup lukewarm milk, add the sugar and mix with a little flour.

Sprinkle the top with 1/2 tspn of flour, cover with a cheesecloth and at a warm room temperature let it raise. Peel and mash the potatoes. Sift rest of the flour into a deep bowl, depress in the middle and pour in the leavening agent.

Add the still warm mashed potatoes, 1 tablespoon oil and lukewarm salted milk to make a medium stiff dough, then beat with a wooden spoon or mixer until bubbly.

Sprinkle the top with 1/2 tspn flour cover with a cheesecloth and put in a similary dry warm place for about an hour to raise to twice its size. Tear pieces of the dough and pull them thin, palm size.

Put them in plenty of very hot oil and fry one side under cover, remove the cover and fry the other side until crispy. You can sprinkle with salt or rub with garlic.

Carolyn K.: The langos in Budapest is to die for, I was addicted. The recipe above comes from a recipe by Ilona Horvath.

How to Make Langos


Hungarian Langos with Delicious Toppings
Oh my! Another delicious langos!

Photo Credit: Hungarian Langos at a festival by ilja kuklic on Flickr
Photo taken on July 5, 2008 using a Canon PowerShot A530.

Langos Recipe from Cooks.com

Ingredients
1 lb. flour
3/4 lb. mashed potatoes
1 tsp. sugar
1 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
Oil to deep fry

Instructions
Put yeast in lukewarm milk with sugar and let rest 15 minutes.

In another bowl mix the flour and mashed potatoes and make a well and add the yeast mixture and begin to blend. When well mixed immediately knead until smooth and satiny.

Let rise in warm place covered with a clean cloth until dough has doubled its size. Punch down then take a piece about the size of a large hand and pat until it is about 2 inches thick. Then drop into the hot oil and cook on both sides until golden brown.

NOTE: May be eaten with garlic butter or sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar on just plain sugar. --www.cooks.com.

How to Make Langos



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P.S. Langos is pronounced LAHN-gosh!

Oh, I so would love to hear if you have had a Langos recently! How did you like it? Where did you have it? In Hungary maybe? Or, maybe at a Hungarian restaurant in the US? OR, did YOU make it?

History: Langos : Traditional Hungarian Food was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on June 7, 2008. Highest lensrank ever achieved: #839 overall. Lens #367 in the quest for Giant Squid 400 Club.

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