Turos Pogacsa

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Every party in Hungary starts with some type of pogacsa (and some good beer or wine).  Other appetizers are seldom offered.  This one is too good to have anything else!

Turos Pogacsa/Cottage Cheese Biscuits Ingredients:

1 lb butter (cut in chunks for easier blending)

1 lb cottage cheese

4 cups flour (start with 3 1/3 cups and add as necessary to keep the dough workable)

2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg for wash needed only just before baking

Mix butter, cottage cheese, flour, salt, baking powder in a bowl, or place in bowl of your heavy duty mixer with dough hook and knead until smooth and dough forms sort of a ball. Mix until well blended if doing by hand and knead until smooth. Form dough into a ball. Cut in half to make it easier to work with. Move onto a floured surface. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick, dusting slightly with flour if necessary to prevent sticking.

Fold dough in half and then half again, like square napkin. Alternatively, fold the bottom third to the center, top third down to the center, left half to center, and right half to center. This gives you more layers. Put in fridge for 15-20 minutes. Repeat folding/chilling two more times. Remove from fridge and when soft, roll out again to just a bit more than 1/4 inch (not too thin). Cut dough using a metal biscuit cutter, and roll with your fingers to make them a bit taller. Criss cross each top with a fork or sharp knife At this point you can prepare for baking or freezing. To freeze: Place pogacsas on floured platter or tray that fits into your freezer. When frozen, place in plastic bags and freeze until needed.

To bake: Preheat oven to 420. Don’t use convection setting as, it tends to dry them out. When oven is preheated, remove pogacsas from freezer and place on greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg and bake at 420 (place rack in upper third of oven) for 10 minutes (or until puffed up); lower heat to 375 (open oven door momentarily to reduce heat) and bake for 4 more minutes golden brown on top, (don’t let bottoms burn). Serve immediately and they will disappear immediately! Optional: As soon as you take them out of the oven, put them close together quickly on a platter and sprinkle with finely shredded parmesan (or any kind) cheese. The cheese melts and adds another great flavor!

 
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