Hungarian Somloi

Recipe by: Zsuzsaisinthekitchen




3/4 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

rind of 1 orange

rind of 1/2 lemon

1/3 cup rum

(*or rum extract)


Rum Raisin: 3/4 cup golden raisins chopped, 1/3 cup rum *or rum extract

1 cup finely ground walnut

1/3 cup apricot jam, warmed and well mixed (any chunks removed)

1-2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa



2 cups heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp icing sugar

Rum-Chocolate Sauce: 3/4 cup water, 3 Tbsp rum (*or rum extract) 6 squares high-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, 3/4 cup sugar


• Place 3/4 cup of golden raisins, chopped into small pieces, in 1/3 cup of rum (*or rum extract) and then set it aside for use later.

• To prepare the soaking syrup, place 3/4 cup of water in a small saucepan.

• Cut off the rind of one orange, removing the white pith. Add the orange rind to the pot.

• Cut off the rind of half a lemon, removing the pith. Add the lemon rind to the pot.

• Add 1/2 cup of sugar.

• Place the saucepan on the stove and bring its contents to a boil.

• Keep simmering until syrup is reduced to 1/2 cup.

• Then remove from heat.

• Remove the rinds with a slotted spoon, squeezing out the syrup back into the pan.

• Discard the rinds and set aside the syrup to cool.

• When the soaking syrup is lukewarm, pour the rum off the raisins into a clean measuring cup.

• Set the rum raisin aside for later use.

• You need 1/3 cup of rum, but since the raisins soaked up some of it, replace now the missing amount.

• Add the 1/3 cup of rum to the soaking syrup and then set it aside.

• To prepare the custard, cut open the vanilla bean and put it into a microwavable bowl.

• Add the zest from half a lemon and 2 cups of whole milk. Heat to the boiling.

• Transfer the hot milk with the vanilla bean to a saucepan and bring it to the boil.

• When the milk comes to the boil remove from the heat and set it aside to cool, allowing the vanilla bean to steep a little while longer.

• Meanwhile beat 4 egg yolks with 1 cup sugar for four minutes.

• Add the sieved 3/4 cup of flour to the beaten eggs and beat to combine.

• When the milk is no longer scalding hot, very gradually, in driblets first, add to the yolk mixture whisking to combine.

• When all the milk has been added to the yolk mixture pour the whole thing back into the saucepan.

• On medium heat cook up the custard, all the while whisking vigorously.

• When custard is sufficiently thick remove from heat and set it aside to cool.

• Meanwhile bake the cakes.

• Preheat the oven to 350F.

• Line 3 disposable cake pans with parchment. Either the square or the round type. You can also use three 9 inch cake pans. The cakes will be thin.  

• Place 6 egg yolks, 6 Tbsp of sugar into a bowl and beat for 4-5 minutes until very thick.

• Gradually add 6 Tbsp of sifted cake flour and 2 Tbsp of sifted cocoa, beating well with each addition.. 

• In a clean bowl and with clean beaters beat the egg whites until very stiff peaks form.

• Gradually fold the beaten egg whites into the yolk mixture, being mindful not to crush the egg whites.

• Finally gently fold in 2 Tbsp of finely ground walnuts.

• Divide the cake batter between the three prepared pans and bake until tops resist when gently pressed.

• Remove cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans.

• While the cakes cool, set out the fillings.

• The raisin rum and the soaking syrup are ready. In addition you will need 1 cup of finely ground walnuts and about 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa.

• Remove the paper from the cakes.

• Place one cake back into the pan it was baked in. If the pan is not deep enough, for three layers, use instead a casserole dish or a plastic container that will fit the cakes.

• Sprinkle 1/3 of the soaking syrup over the cake.

• Scatter 1/3 of the raisins on top.

• Sprinkle 1/3 of the ground walnuts on top.

• Spread 1/3 of the custard on top.

• Place the second cake layer over the custard, pressing it down a bit.

• Sprinkle the second cake with half of the remaining soaking syrup; scatter half of the remaining raisins and half of the remaining ground walnuts on the top. Then spread half of the remaining custard over the top.

• Now lay the third cake layer on the top, pressing down a bit.

• Sprinkle with the remaining soaking syrup.

• Spread the top with a thin layer of sieved apricot jam.

• Scatter the remaining raisins on the top.

• Sprinkle with the remaining ground walnuts and spread the remaining custard on the top.

• Sieve 1-2 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa over the custard layer.

• Cover the whole thing with plastic wrap and then wrap it up with aluminum foil.

• Place in the fridge for a minimum of 24 hours.

• Sometime before serving make the rum-chocolate sauce.

• In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water, 6 squares of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, 3/4 cup sugar and 3 Tbsp of rum to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.

• Cook at a brisk simmer, stirring often, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

• Cool slightly.

• Just before serving whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.

• Sweeten with 2 Tbsp of icing sugar and then beat until stiff peaks form.

• Serve the somlói galuska as individual desserts. With an ice-cream scoop or a soup spoon, scoop out 2 or 3 dumplings from the cake and stack it on a plate.

• Smother with whipped cream and drizzle the top with the rum-chocolate sauce.


4 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup flour

2 cups whole milk

1/2 vanilla bean

rind of 1/2 lemon


6 egg yolks

6 Tbsp sugar 

6 Tbsp cake flour

2 Tbsp cocoa

6 egg whites

2 Tbsp finely ground walnuts


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