There are days when everything seem to go wrong. I don’t succeed to finish and important work, I am going past the deadline and everything falls out of my hand. I even step on a slippery spot in the garden and after a short alternative ice-skating performance I end up lying on my car’s bonnet.
A recipe that I wanted to try from an old cookbook turns out to be a disaster. I get ready in a big hurry for the concert that we have been planning since months so I forget my cap and gloves at home. I am walking by Áron’s side to the concert hall shivering, while trying to act like I won’t feel cold at all. These are the moments when everything seems to be hopeless, first of all: me.
I learnt in life already that in that case there is nothing you can do. Except one thing. Baking. Something. Delicious. Several recipes pop into my mind, but when you are not in the best mood, you shouldn’t start baking a complicated recipe. The simplest things are the best things in life anyway. So it is túrós pogácsa, savoury scones with cottage cheese, with some grated cheese on top. It is my mother’s recipe, it is just impossible to mess up, it is not dry, not hard, just simply perfect. I think that maybe there are other savoury scone- fans like me but maybe among them there are some of you who don’t want to spend hours and hours to prepare my tepertős pogácsa recipe which requires a long folding and resting procedure. I address this recipe also to Nina, a very nice reader of the blog with whom I had conversations about how she could find roasted pork rind in Germany to be able to prepare those scones.
Rolling and cutting is like meditation, the scent of cheese and cottage cheese slowly fills up the air in the kitchen. It is nice and warm in the house, I make a tea and take Beeper on my knees, like a teddy bear. The still warm scones disappear from the table one after the other one and slowly everything fall to its place. I get some extra time to finish my work, haven’t caught cold after the concert, no more accident (neither indoor, nor outdoor) and the sun starts shining on top.
I get even in the mood to ice-skating. However, not in the garden.
Túrós pogácsa (Savoury scones with cottage cheese)
250 g cottage cheese (The Hungarian type has little crumbles, try to look for something similar)
250 g butter or margarine
250 g flour
1 tsp salt
approx.100 g grated cheese
Mix flour, salt and butter (I used to grate butter to mix with flour more easily) Add cottage cheese and egg yolk and knead well. Keep the egg white for brushing. Put the dough into the fridge for at least an hour then roll out to 1.5 cm and using a round cutter cut scones from it. Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Lay the scones on a baking pan lined with paper and brush the top with egg white and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake the scones until golden brown. Serve it to tea, wine or take it with you to work as a snack.