Kifli

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Kifli
Kifli.jpg
Two kiflis, the left one is salted
CourseDessert
Place of originHungary, Serbia
Region or stateBalkan, Central Europe
Serving temperatureCooked
Main ingredientsYeast
Cookbook:Kifli  Kifli
 
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Kifli
Kifli.jpg
Two kiflis, the left one is salted
CourseDessert
Place of originHungary, Serbia
Region or stateBalkan, Central Europe
Serving temperatureCooked
Main ingredientsYeast
Cookbook:Kifli  Kifli

Kifli (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkifli]) is a traditional European yeast roll made into a crescent shape.[1][2] The pastry is called kifli in Hungarian, Kipferl in Austrian German, кифла/kifla in Serbian, kifla in Bosnian, рогалик in Ukrainian, кифла in Bulgarian. In the West Slavic languages is called rohlík in Czech, rožok in Slovak and rogal in Polish.

Method[edit]

A kifli is made by cutting sheets of soft yeast dough into triangular wedges, then rolling this into a crescent shapes which are then baked. Kifli differs from the French "croissant" (the word means "kifli") in that it is made from a plain, bread-like dough (thus being more akin to a roll than to pastry) and being both thinner and longer. They may also come in different sizes, some of them equalling in weight a small bread loaf.

Regular[edit]

In Serbia and Macedonia kifli are made with cheese and sesame.

When they come out of the oven, the rolls can be left plain or given a water brushing to make them shiny, or can be given an egg wash and sprinkled with either poppy seeds or caraway seeds mixed with coarse salt. The latter variety is often made into a straight shape, instead of curved like a crescent. Kifli is eaten like bread or rolls, usually made into a sandwich, sometimes plain or with butter like a fresh baguette. Often, especially for breakfast, the topping is jam or honey, or they may be used for dunking.

Fine[edit]

This is the same as the regular style, but the dough may contain butter or other shortening and/or milk. It is sweeter than the regular variety and is therefore especially well suited to be eaten with jam or honey, as is often done for breakfast with coffee, hot chocolate or milk.

Sweets[edit]

There are a couple of sweet rolls that carry the name "kifli" to describe their shape but they are eaten at the end of a meal or with an afternoon tea or coffee and have nothing to do with kifli which, if the word is used on its own, always means the regular or fine varieties described above.

Origin[edit]

A common culinary myth claims that when Christian forces freed Buda from Ottoman occupation in 1686 the bakers of the town celebrated the victory the next day by selling freshly baked bread rolls made into a crescent shape. The fashion caught on, and the kifli was born. This, however, was refuted by historian Karl Teply in 1985.

Trivia[edit]

An early 1990s Hungarian pop group, Kifli, was named after this bakery specialty.

Process of kifli production[edit]

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