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Jack Simko and AnneMarie DeFreest’s Hungarian Kifli

Hungarian Kifli


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 tbsp lard; preferably saved from duck or goose fat
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz jar thick apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Combine the butter, lard, salt, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Work into small granules with a pastry blender.
  3. Add the egg yolks and sour cream and mix well.
  4. Form dough into 4 equal sized balls. Roll dough on floured surface into a round shape about 12 inches in diameter, about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  5. Spread apricot jam over entire surface of dough. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts mixture.
  6. Cut the round disk as you would a pizza into quarters, then eights, then sixteenths. Pull the first piece and roll from wider end towards pointed tip. The subsequent slices will be easier to roll from their positions once the first one is done.
  7. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
  8. Cool on racks and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Walnut Topping Directions

  1. ½ cup chopped walnuts mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar (this can be made in a food processor with gentle pulsing to prevent walnuts from clumping)
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8- 12 servings

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