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Recipe by Nitra Ladies Auxiliary

Hungarian Szerbo Cake

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Parve Parve
Medium Medium
12 Servings
Allergens
1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Diets

This famous Hungarian cake features apricot jam and nuts nestled in between crispy layers of shortcrust pastry, topped with a shining chocolate glaze. This recipe includes a nut-free option.   The same dough can be used to prepare a fluden cake. Instructions follow below the Szerbo recipe.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/2 cup seltzer

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

  • pinch of salt

Apricot Filling

Nut Filling

  • 2 and 1/2 cups ground nuts

  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar

Nutless Filling

  • 6 egg whites

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons coffee, dissolved in 1/2 teaspoon hot water

  • 2 cups of cake crumbs

  • juice and rind of 1 lemon (optional)

Glaze

  • 6 tablespoons oil

  • 6 tablespoons boiling water

  • 6 tablespoons Gefen Cocoa

Mohn Filling (for Fluden)

  • 1/2 pound poppy seed filling

  • 2 egg whites, beaten

  • 1 cup grated apples

Directions

Prepare the Szerbo Cake

1.

Combine dough ingredients and knead into smooth dough. Divide into four parts.

2.

Roll out one part of dough and place into nine- by 13-inch greased pan.

3.

Spead apricot jam over dough.

4.

For nut filling: Combine ground nuts with sugar.

5.

Roll out second part of dough and place over nut mixture. Spread with a layer of apricot jam and sprinkle second part of nuts. Repeat with remaining dough and nuts, top with dough.

6.

Bake for 50 minutes. Cool.

7.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

8.

For nutless filling: Beat egg white until stiff, gradually adding sugar and beating until peaks form. Add coffee and crumbs, then mix thoroughly.

9.

Sprinkle one third of nuts or nutless mixture over apricot jam.

10.

Combine oil, water, cocoa, confectioners’ sugar, and rum extract for the glaze. Spread glaze over cake.

For Fluden

1.

Prepare dough and half of above nut or nutless filling. Divide dough into three parts.

2.

Roll out one part of dough. Place into nine- by 13-inch pan.

3.

Spread apricot jam and sprinkle nuts. Roll out second part of dough and place over nuts.

4.

Prepare the mohn filling: Combine and mix poppy seed filling, egg whites, and apples.

5.

Spread mohn filling over dough. Roll out third part of dough and place over mohn layer. Brush with beaten egg.

6.

Bake for 45–55 minutes. Sprinkle liberally with confectioner’s sugar.

7.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Credits

Photography and Styling by Tamara Friedman

Hungarian Szerbo Cake

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