Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chow Down to Eurovision 2014 - Hungary

Jó estét this is Budapest, Hungary calling the 16th and final country in Semi Final One of 2014 Chow Down to Eurovision.

While Eurovision has it's trending gimmicks such as the reveal, key change or long haired man in a white suit. The Chow Down to Eurovision appears to be developing it's own standby by gimmick, pork crackling.

Last year we saw it dipped in chocolate in Ukraine and this year Hungary have delivered it in a biscuit, though it is probably more part of the scone family.

I saw a lot of different versions but basically it's like an enriched scone dough that is treated like a croissant, so I thought cool I can do that so this is my take on the Hungarian Pork Crackling Biscuit.

In 1997 Hungary sent VIP (a boy band not a Pamela Anderson sitcom) to sing Miért kell, hogy elmenj? They placed 12th in the final perhaps adding Pamela Anderson could have helped?


Hungarian Pork Crackling Biscuit
  • 6 large pork belly rashers
  • Pork rind sheet about 300g
  • 500g strong flour
  • 14g yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. golden caster sugar
  • 100ml milk
  • 150ml cream
  • 100g butter softened
  • Paprika
  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Give the rashers and rind a splash of olive oil and salt
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes on a wire rack over a tray
  • They should be crisp and dry
  • Cool and then grind to crumbs in a food processer (not too fine)
  • Heat the milk a little, don't let it boil
  • Add the flour, yeast, eggs and caster sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer
  • Add the cream and milk
  • Knead till smooth and elastic
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let double in size.
  • Mix the butter through the pork crumbs with a good pinch of salt
  • Roll the dough into a rectangle on a floured bench
  • Cover the dough with 1/4 of the pork/butter mix
  • Fold the dough in a book turn and repeat 3 times till pork/butter mix is used
  • Roll the dough out to be about 2cm thick
  • Cut out rounds and place on a lined tray
  • Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with paprika
  • Bake at 200°C (non fan) for about 10-12 minutes till golden and puffed.
  • Serve warm
  • While jam and cream may not be the best friend for these scones, a bowl of hot pumpkin soup would be heaven. I also want to try adding chilli, cos chilli makes everything better!
  • Using an espresso glass as the cutter I get about 40 biscuits

 The folds don't have to be perfect, it's probably better but life is short!

András Kállay-Saunders will perform Running which highlights an issue you wouldn't instantly think of for the Eurovision stage, family violence.

The world seems to have lost the basic concept of treating each other with respect so well done Hungary for bringing this issue to the spotlight.
If you or someone you know needs assistance call Life Line on 13 11 14

Let's hope that Hungary makes it through to the finals so that more people can hear Kállay-Saunders' message.
Sok szerencsét!

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