Hungarian Flavors At Home: Almás Pite

Food is one of the pillars of the Hungarian culture, and whereas we may be familiar with the Hungarian roots of goulash, sour cream and sweet paprika powder, what many of you probably don’t know is that sweets and deserts play an even bigger role in the Hungarian gastronomy. There are countless of iconic Hungarian cakes, pastries and confectioneries, and I think it is safe to state that Hungarians are real sweet tooths! One of these traditional pies is called almás pite, which can be translated to apple pie or apple cake. This is a very classical and time-honored recipe, and every family has its own secret recipe that has been passed on from generation to generation. Today I will be sharing my version of almás pite, so you can bring the real Hungarian flavors in your own kitchen!

Ingredients

70 minutes, 6 serves

For the batter:

  • 300 grams (2.5 cups) of flour
  • 120 grams (½ cup) of butter
  • 50 grams (½ cup) of powdered sugar
  • ½ sachet of baking powder (6 grams or 1 teaspoon)
  • ½ sachet of vanilla flavored sugar (5 grams or 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 eggs (1 for the batter, 1 for brushing)
  • 1 tablespoon of sour cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • Zest of half a lemon

For the apple filling:

  • 5-6 medium sized apples (I prefer slightly tart, harder apples)
  • 50 grams (½ cup) of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons of finely ground walnuts
  • Juice of half a lemon

Directions

Mix the flour and the cubed margarine or butter by hand. The mixture will be quite crumbly.

Add the whole egg, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla sugar, baking powder, sour cream, and lemon zest. Knead thoroughly. Add more flour if necessary.

Divide the dough into two balls, cover and let rest for 20 minutes.

Divide the dough into two balls.

Peel the apples, core, and shred them. Add the sugar, the cinnamon, and the lemon juice. Mix well and drain the juice. Drink the apple juice, it is delicious.

Heat the oven to 180°C (355°F). Butter and flour your baking tin.

On a floured surface roll out one part of the dough to the size of the baking tin (10×6), then lay it in.

Sprinkle with half of the ground walnut. Spread the apples on the dough; sprinkle it with the remaining walnuts. Roll out the top crust and place over the apples, sealing the edges and making slits in it.

Prick to allow vapor to escape, and brush with egg wash.

Bake the cake for 30 minutes, until the top is light-browned. Let it cool. Cut into squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve.

Before baking
After baking


Enjoy the cozy fragrant of the Hungarian cuisine with this easy, home-baked apple pie. If you have tried out the recipe, let me know in the comments!

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