TRADITIONAL HUNGARIAN LÁNGOS

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Meet a very popular Hungarian street food speciality, lángos. It’s a deep fried flat bread made of a dough with flour, yeast, salt and water (a kind of bread dough). Lángos can be made with yoghurt, sour cream or milk instead of water, a dash of sugar along with salt and sometimes with flour and boiled mashed potatoes, which is called potato lángos. It is eaten fresh and warm, topped with sour cream and grated cheese, garlic or garlic butter, or doused with garlic water. Lángos can be cooked at home or bought at markets and street vendors around the country. The name comes from ‘láng’, the Hungarian word for flame.
Traditionally, lángos was baked in the front of a brick oven, close to the flames. It was made from bread dough and was served as breakfast on days when new bread was baked. Nowadays, lángos is deep fried in oil. Lángos is also very popular and known as a fast food at fairs and in amusement parks in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania.

Ingredients

The Dough:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 package active dry yeast

1 tablespoon salt

¼ cup milk/water

1 tablespoon sugar

The Brushing:

¼ cup canola oil

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons sweet paprika powder

Also:

1½ cups sour cream

2 cups shredded cheese

oil for frying

How you make it

In a large bowl combine warm water/milk, sugar and yeast

Stir and let rest for 5 minutes


Add flour and salt stir until combined, then try to knead it gently until smooth (dough will be sticky, but ok to handle. If too sticky, please add a little more flour)


Cover and let rest on a warm place for 30 min-1 hour

Meanwhile mix together oil, paprika and garlic for the brushing and set aside until you need it

Now after one hour pour oil 3 inches high into a large saucepan (if you don’t have a fryer)

When the oil is hot enough (you know that by holding the end of a wooden spoon into it and when it makes bubbles, it’s hot enough) cut dough into 4 equally sized pieces

Spray a soup plate with cooking spray and place one dough part into it

Press down the middle with the back of your hand (technically you have to make a pizza dough looking shape – super thin in the middle and a little thicker on the outside)


For extra delight, you can also place ham in the middle and fold it in.

Place dough in oil and fry on each side until golden (about 1 minute each side)

Place on paper towel to get rid of the oil

Repeat with the remaining dough pieces

Now brush your Langos with the oil mixture you’ve prepared earlier, then put lots of sour cream on it and finish off with shredded cheese.

Enjoy!

Adapted from pintrest.com