Hungarian Golden Pull-Apart Cake with Walnuts and Apricot Jam (Aranygaluska)
Hungarian Golden Pull-Apart Cake with Walnuts and Apricot Jam (Aranygaluska)
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    Aranygaluska, also called golden dumpling cake, butter puffs, and monkey bread, has been extolled by Jewish immigrants from Hungary for years. I first noticed a recipe for the cake in George Lang’s The Cuisine of Hungary from 1971. Aranygaluska probably started as a rich cake, like the German Dampfnudeln (see my Jewish Cooking in America) served with fish or soup on Fridays, when no meat was allowed for Catholics. Jews who separated meat from dairy in their diet would serve it with a fish or non-meat soup. Agnes Sanders, who grew up under Communism in Miskolc, Hungary, kindly showed me how she makes aranygaluska in her kitchen on New York’s Upper West Side. Agnes’s version of aranygaluska, learned in this country, was not as rich as I remembered it. I have tweaked her recipe here and there, adding ingredients like vanilla to the cake. I also add a chocolate alternative to the nuts, called kuchembuchem (one of those marvelous made-up Yiddish rhyming names), often made with leftover babka dough. Try one or both versions.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
    • 1 cup (235 ml) warm milk
    • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
    • 4 large eggs
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 cup plus 4 tablespoons (2 1/2 sticks/282 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
    • 4 1/2 cups (600 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour (about)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) ground walnuts
    • 6 tablespoons (83 grams) brown sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 3 tablespoons cake or butter cookie crumbs
    • 3/4 cup (150 grams) apricot or plum jam

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 547 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 17 g 26.29%
    • Saturated Fat: 5 g 24.18%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 54 mg 18.07%
    • Sodium: 312 mg 12.98%
    • Calcium: 44 mg 4.44%
    • Potassium: 214 mg 6.12%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 22.31%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 89 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 4 g 15.78%
    • Sugar: 30 g
    • Protein: 11 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 6 g
    • Vitamin A 5.14%
    • Vitamin C 20.43%
    • Vitamin D 0.62%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat3
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs2
    • Exchange - Starch4
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total4 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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