Sunday, June 26, 2016

Traditional Hungarian Dessert - Madártej



Had a chance to have some home-made madártej, which is a traditional Hungarian dessert. Sometimes it's also eaten as a snack. If you translate 'madártej' into Finnish it's 'linnunmaito' and into English something like 'bird's milk' but it's called 'Floating Islands' in English. This is how Ildikó made it:

Ingredients:
1 litre milk
200g sugar & vanilla sugar
6 eggs


1. Seperate the egg and first whisk the eggyolks - add the sugar and whisk them until thick.
2. Beat the egg whites until it is so thick that does not come out of the bowl.
3. Heat the milk and put in 1 spoonfull vanilla sugar. Do not let it boil, just wait for the first bubbles and then turn down the heat to medium and add spoon by spoon the whipped egg white into the heated milk for app. 30 seconds - turn them around (they are floating) take out those and put into a separate bowl. 
4. When all the "islands" - in Hungarian they are called "birds" are ready, put a bit of milk(cold) into the already whisked eggyolks, keep on whisking and add it to the heated milk and heat it a bit more - wait for the first bubbles - when it becomes a bit thicker take it off the heat. let it cool down, put it into fridge and serve it cold.

"A direct descendant of the French floating island, madártej isa deceptively simple looking dessert of fluffy meringue on a sea of vanilla custard that has become a staple of the Hungarian culinary lexicon."

The Hungarian version is made with fatty milk and slightly less sugar than the others. The name 'bird's milk' also sets it apart from its european counterparts and it is believed to hail from the latin translation of 'lac gallinaceum', or chicken's milk, which referred to a meal which was so unbelievably delicious, such as a make-believe bird's milk.








 Here's my bowl!


ps. one bowl was not enough for me!

21 comments:

  1. In Romania we actually have a similar desert, we just call it pudding. We usually eat it with fruits or jam on top instead of the foamy bit. It's delicious indeed!

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    1. I found out that several countries have a bit similar dessert. The Hungarian version is more like a cold soup.

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  2. This sounds pretty simple recipe and easy to try at home with only 3 ingredients. Your first picture of it looks delicious, think it would be great with fruits and nuts toppings.

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    1. Oh, yes, that would be a great idea to add some toppings!

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  3. Wow this looks delicious and so looks so simple to make. I'll be trying this one out next weekend. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you'll like it :)

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  5. Wow that looks so creamy and fluffy, I like the sound of 'birds milk' and its always nice to try new things x

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    1. It felt kind of light even though it was rather heavy :)

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  6. This sounds and looks delicious! I don't have much of a sweet tooth but when I do, I like something lighter and this sounds like it would be right up my street!

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    1. This might be something you would like :)

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  7. One bowl would not be enough for me either!

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    1. :D First it felt so light but after the second bowl had to have a break :D

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  8. Looks delicious! :) And just few ingredients!

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    1. No more needed for such a fantastic looking dessert :)

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  9. This looks like a very yummy desert. I am tempted to give it a try. Will let you know how it goes:)

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    1. I'm waiting for your comments after tasting it :)

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  10. milk + sugar + egg = a yummy and creamy snack. but I gotta watch out for too much sugar :)

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  11. This reminds me so much of puddings and mousse. It looks really tasty.Would love to try it one day.

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    1. It is so tasty - hope you can try it soon :)

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