Europe itself is really famous for its Christmas markets. And at this time of the year, as we all gather to share moments with family members and friends, most of us will, of course, eat, drink, and consume lots of Christmas sweets. When thinking about this special holiday, we always smell orange, apple, cloves and cinnamon. But what are the most famous Christmas flavors in Hungary?
Christmas flavors: Bejgli
The most common dessert during this period is the so-called bejgli. It is a pastry roll, mainly filled with walnuts (this is against the hex), or poppy-seed (this brings wealth), but as a new trend, it can also come with chestnut, cherries, dried plum, or even a mixture of these. The savory flavor of choice is cabbage. There is no Christmas meal without the home-made bejgli on grandma’s table. According to history, this tradition was acquired from the Austrians, who themselves got it from the Germans in the 19th century.
Christmas flavors: Chimney Cake
If you have been cruising around Andrássy Boulevard, or you’ve taken the metro from Deák Square, then you’ve already seen and smelt the world-famous chimney cake (kürtőskalács), a real Hungarian favorite. It’s a hot pastry, toasting on a turning wooden stick. Then it can have a dusting of walnut, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa, and – according to the new trend – in raspberry crumbs. It costs the equivalent of 1 to 3 Euros. It’s quite a cheap treat for kids and adults at the same time.
Christmas flavors: Gingerbread
This is an is essential at Christmas time and super easy to prepare. It’s ingredients are flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, margarine, eggs, honey, milk and orange peel. These need mixing after which the mixture should chill. After that, roll the dough and use different figures to cut pieces out. Bake for 1 hour at 160 Celsius. They keep good for a long time!
Christmas flavors: Mulled Wine
When mentioning Xmas flavors, we should not forget about beverages. It’s always great to have a plum flavor tea with all these treats, but if you don’t mind alcohol, then it is a great idea to make or buy some mulled wine/hot wine/glühwine. This is basically wine (can be white, red or even rosé) with the addition of sugar, cinnamon, orange, and some cloves). It really goes well with all the formerly mentioned desserts.
All of these you can actually taste at the Xmas markets of the city. You can find them set up always at the Vörösmarty, near the St. Stephen’s Basilica and at the Deák square from early December.