Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Fatias Hungaras - Hungarian Coconut Slices

Fatias Hungaras or Hungarian Kalaare what we would consider a cinnamon roll, but with a coconut filling and drizzled with a warm vanilla milk, straight out of the oven.

Hungarian Coconut Slices

What exactly are these Hungarian slices and where do they come from?

If you research online, you will find that these sticky buns are quite common throughout the world.  And although their origins are not quite known, they are believed to have first originated in either Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Though referred to by different names like the the Chelsea Buns in England, Cinnamon Rolls or Sticky Buns here in the States, or the Schneken in Germany, these Hungarian Darázsfészek have been lovingly adopted by the Brazilians and given their own spin.

No matter what name you given them, they are a treat that your family and friends will no doubt, fall in love with.

Other sweet bread recipes you may enjoy
Butter Pecan Rolls
Quick Cinnamon Rolls
Paezinhos de Leite - Portuguese Sweet Milk Rolls
Hot Cross Buns

Fatias Hungaras - Hungarian Coconut Slices
Source: Dika da Naka
Yield: 15 slices

For the dough:
1 cup (240ml) of warm milk
1 packet of dry yeast
2 eggs
3 tablespoons of sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of butter or margarine
3  cups (420 gr) of all purpose flour

For the coconut filling:
2 and ½ tablespoons of butter or margarine
½ cup of sugar (90 gr)
1 cup of sweetened coconut (about 50 gr)
3 tablespoons of milk

For the vanilla milk glaze:
1 cup of milk ( 240 ml)
½ cup of sugar ( 90 gr)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of sweetened coconut to sprinkle on top

For the dough - In a big bowl, add in the warm milk, yeast and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Mix well and let rest for 5 minutes.  Next, add in the eggs, butter and one cup of flour.  Mix well, then add the teaspoon of salt.  (if you add the salt in with the yeast, it will slow down the yeast's fermentation, so I always add the salt either on the opposite side of the bowl or after some flour has gone in).

Add in the remaining 2 cups of flour, mix well, then turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is soft and not sticking to your fingers.  Sprinkle a little flour in the bowl, and place the ball of dough back in.  Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for an hour, until doubled in size.

For the filling - While the dough rises, mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

When the dough is done rising, turn it onto a floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll into a big rectangle, about half a centimeter (or a quarter of an inch, about) thick.

Spread the filling over the dough, then roll up starting from the longest side.

Cut slices about 2 fingers wide and place in a greased 12x by 13 pan.

Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and set in a warm place to rise again, for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.

For the vanilla milk glaze - While the rolls bake, place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat slowly until sugar is completely dissolved.

Once the slices are done baking, remove from oven, and while warm, pour the vanilla milk over.  Sprinkle on some sweetened coconut.

*These sweet slices can be left out, but not in a warm spot.  They are good for 3 days.  I usually only leave them out one day, then prefer to place them in the fridge so they last longer.