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22.2.12

POZSONY SQUARES - POZSONYI KOCKA


Pozsony was a beautiful historic city of Hungary and at present, it is part of Slovakia. Pozsony was renamed Bratislava in 1919. Hungarians understandably continue to call it Pozsony. Pozsonyi kocka is a sweet pasta dish, named after the city of Pozsony or after the chef with a similar name. I could not find sufficient data on its origin, but if anyone knows for sure, I would appreciate the information. Pozsonyi kocka is reminiscent of the vargabéles, instead of túró, the pozsonyi highlights poppy seeds. The poppy seeds must be finely ground, and the best way to do that without a poppy seed grinder is to use a small handheld electric coffee grinder. It’s a little time consuming to grind in small batches, nevertheless the coffee grinder does the job. Few people have the powerful poppy seed grinder in Hungary, indeed most people buy ground poppy seeds. The original recipe calls for square pasta, but since I just made lebbencs pasta the other day, that is what I used. However, any broad leaf pasta will work well.

1 pkg. extra wide pasta [250g or 8 oz]
1 Tbsp butter, melted
cooking spray
fine bread crumbs for sprinkling pan
4 egg whites
1/8 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkle of salt
1-1/2 cups full fat sour cream
rind of 1 lemon, finely grated
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup poppy seeds, finely ground
1/8 cup liquid honey
icing sugar for sprinkling

• Cook the pasta according to package directions.
• Drain and rinse under cold running water.
• Place the drained pasta in a large mixing bowl.
• Toss with 1 Tbsp of melted butter and set aside.
• Preheat oven to 325F.
• Spray a rectangular pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with fine breadcrumbs. Set aside.
• Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
• Add 1/8 cup of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
• Next, beat the egg yolks, 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 tsp of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of salt until thick and foamy.
• Stir in the sour cream.
• Add the lemon rinds and the raisins.
• Finally fold in the beaten egg whites.
• Gently fold the sour cream egg mixture into the buttered pasta.
• Spread half of the pasta mixture in the prepared pan.
• Sprinkle the top with the finely ground poppy seeds.
• Dot the poppy seeds with the honey.
• Top with the remaining pasta mix and place in a preheated oven for 40 minutes.
• Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
• Slice into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar.
• This is best if eaten warm. Heat up leftover squares in the microwave.

6 comments:

  1. What an unusual sweet dish! It looks really delicious. I see you have bought poppy seeds (I remember you were going to buy them). I also grind poppy seeds for my poppy seed and chocolate cake, but after soaking them: it seems easier to do in a simple food processor (I don't have a coffee grinder). It reminds me also of a Polish dish served for Christmas: it's pasta with poppy seeds (ground and soaked before) and dried fruit and nuts. I have never had it actually...

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  2. What is the Polish dish called? I love poppy seed and when my frend gets back from the coast we are having your birthday cake Sissi! As little as it is in this dish, the poppy seed is the prominant flavour. People who are not poppy seed fans may not care for it. And you don't eat opium when you eat poppy seeds, however not every North American is convinced. Actually I ate some before bedtime and I slept like a baby. Just kidding. Hahaha.

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  3. Zsuzsa, it's called "kluski z makiem". There are many different recipes, but they always contain poppy seeds, honey, walnuts and some dried fruits. It is traditionally made with home-made pasta. There is one recipe here in English: http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishchristmastraditions/r/Noodles-With-Poppyseeds.htm
    I must say I have never had this dish... Of course every housewife has her recipe... I think my mum wasn't fond of it and never made it for Christmas.
    I'm so excited to learn you will make the poppy seed birthday cake! It's not only delicious, but brings back my yummiest childhood memories.

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  4. I did a search and looked at some photos. I also watched a video. Which explained to me why its popular, but some of the photos were misleading. They looked like a crude version of Hungarian poppy seed pasta. From what you told me, the nut and fruit rich version must be the traditional Christmas dish. Those lookes yummy and I think I will try them out if I can get an English recipe that is not too different from the video I watched. How would you call kluski z makiem in English? The Google translator works only part of the time, the Hungarian traslations are inaccurate most of the times.

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  5. Zsuzsa, I will look for a reliable recipe and will send it to you (in English).

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  6. Oh, and "kluski z makiem" means simply "pasta with poppy" :-)

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