Hungarian Savory Pastries

These salty pastries are a recipe of a dear friend of my mom’s, Judith.  She is Hungarian and used to make these often for me when I was a child.  I like them a lot and they are very versatile: perfect for an afternoon snack or as an “aperitivo” before a meal together with a cold drink.  The yogurt gives them a slightly tangy flavour while the cumin seeds add that extra kick that makes these salty pastries special.  Try and make these with your kids, they will love helping out with the cookie cutters and all the different shapes.


500 gms plain flour
250 gms margarine at room temperature
¾ to 1 tbsp salt
1 sachet (7 gms) of dry yeast dissolved in 2 tbs of lukewarm milk
1 tsp sugar
2 egg yolks
200 ml yogurt
1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp of milk for the egg wash
Cumin seeds

Put the flour, margarine, salt, dissolved yeast, sugar, egg yolks and yogurt in a mixer with a dough hook and knead for a couple of minutes, till the dough looks smooth.  You can also knead this by hand if you like.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Roll the dough, fold it in 3 and let it rest for another 10 minutes.

Repeat this process another 2 or 3 times.  This will make the pastry puff up when cooked.  Then roll the dough into a 3 mm layer and cut into shapes with some cookie cutters.

Place them on an oven tray lined with baking paper.  Brush them with egg wash and sprinkle some cumin seeds on the top.

Bake in a preheated fan forced oven at 200° for 12-15 minutes, depending on the size you choose to make them.  They have to become golden.

Serve at room temperature.  They are perfect with a glass of wine or any other drink.

Hungarian Savory Pastries

Hungarian Savory Pastries


Hungarian Savory Pastries

Hungarian Savory Pastries

Hungarian Savory Pastries

Hungarian Savory Pastries


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  1. says

    These look so perfect and delicious, I’ll have to try them with my daughter, she loves kneading! And she prefers savoury snacks :)

  2. says

    So delicious! I’m way a more a savory person than a sweet person so these would fit in perfectly in my house. Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful photos!

  3. says

    Manu, these gorgeous little pastries are new to me – they are very unusual and I know I’m going to love them. Great photo of all your pastry cutters lined up (lots of great photos actually). Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  4. says

    Awsm bite ! I make something similar at home, actually my mom makes and we call it Nimki :) You bite just reminded me of that .. think I should make those something soon!

  5. says

    Adding cumin seed on pastries is something new to me. It’s interesting but I can imagine the taste with cumin flavors…. It sure sounds delicious. Your kids must enjoy baking with you. :-) Thanks for sharing your special friend’s recipe with us.

  6. says

    Surprised me! I’m Hungarian, and coming here for italian recipes, and what found? :)
    But at hungarian kitchen the cumin is very frequent spice. Any kind of savory snack we can use. Me no, its not my favourit, but…
    Thanks to tell the origin.


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