Traditional langos, also known as Hungarian fried bread is a round-shaped deep-fried dough, topped with sour cream and cheese. Our langos recipe is calibrated to help you make a delicious authentic Hungarian langos at home. We learnt to make this recipe from my mother in law who is a native Hungarian.
The name comes from láng which translates to flame in Hungarian. Despite its name, a modern Hungarian langos is not cooked on an open fire but it's deep-fried in oil or fat. It is believed that langos derives from an Italian flatbread panis focacius which was baked in the ashes of a fireplace.
Currently, langos is sold as street food throughout Hungary. You will find it especially during Christmas markets and during fairs and celebrations. Some permanent stalls selling langos can be found in the capital and also at Sunday craft markets. Langos is an affordable and simple food which every Hungarian loves. It quickly became a popular recipe with tourists too.
We now know how to make traditional langos which you can make at home too when you miss your time in Hungary. The langos became so popular that you can now find it at different festivals in Austria, Germany and in part of Transylvania too.
The Langos dough
The dough for lángos is made of water, yeast and a little salt. The ratios are very much the same as for pizza dough, the only difference being that you deep-fried the langos and not bake it like a pizza. The dough can be sticky but the result is almost always a lovely fluffy Hungarian fried bread.
Our langos recipe is made with dry yeast. It's much easier to make and the results are always exceptional.
As a different version of a langos recipe, you can add potato or yoghurt to the recipe, making it a traditional Hungarian krumplis langos. This is not to be confused with traditional simple langos in this article.
The langos should be eaten fresh and warm, topped with sour cream and grated cheese. Different toppings include meats, sausages, butter, garlic and vegetables. Langos toppings have been adapted throughout the time to become more modern and appealing to locals and foreigners.
Traditional Hungarian langos toppings are sour cream and grated cheese. We used vega sour cream from Dr. Oetker and Simply V grated cheese which is vegan and melts just like the real thing.
If you love Hungarian food, don't forget to check this incredible and comprehensive article about the best Hungarian foods for when you visit the country.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.