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Aranygaluska
(Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake)

Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 1. Dissolve the yeast Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 2. Add ingredients to mixing bowl.
Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 3. Let the dough rise. Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 4. Oil the aluminum foil.
Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 5. Scoop out dumplings with a spoon and roll in the ground walnuts and sugar mix. Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 6. Place the dumplings in a deep baking pan.
Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 7. The result. Aranygaluska / Golden Dumpling Coffee Cake. 8. Change the aluminum sheet to a parchment paper.


This is a Hungarian recipe from Transylvania. Aranygaluska means "golden dumplings" in Hungarian. My aunt makes this coffee cake using the same ingredients she uses for the traditional Romanian version (the cozonac, or the Romanian panettone). One difference between the two is that when making aranygaluska you scoop out dumplings from the dough, which are then broken off the loaf. Also, the dumplings are rolled in a ground walnut and sugar mix instead of having a loaf with a walnut (or cocoa / poppy seeds / Turkish delight) filling. Whether in the shape of a cozonac or golden dumplings, this dish is a mainstay at my aunt's place on all the major holidays (Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter).

Ingredients for the dough:
- 1 kg flour / 2.2 lb
- 250 g / 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
- 200 ml / 7 fl oz cooking oil
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tsp salt
- 50 g / 2 oz cake yeast
- grated rind of 1 lemon
- milk as needed

Ingredients for the coating:

- 300 g / 10 oz ground walnuts
- 150 g / 5 oz granulated white sugar

1. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm milk. (Make sure it's not hot, or else it will kill the yeast.) Add 8 tablespoons of flour. Set the mix aside in a warm place until it doubles its volume.

2. Dissolve the 1 1/2 cups of sugar and the teaspoon of salt in lukewarm milk. Place the remaining flour in a mixing bowl, and add the yeast mix, the milk with the sugar and salt, the egg yolks, and the lemon rind.

3. Knead the dough until it forms bubbles. Add the lukewarm cooking oil and knead until the dough no longer sticks to the hand and mixing bowl.

4. Line a deep baking pan with aluminum foil, and then oil the aluminum foil.

>5. Dip a tablespoon in cooking oil and then scoop out dumplings from the dough. Roll the dumplings in the ground walnut and sugar mix.
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