Hungarian Beigli

Hungarian Beigli


"This is a traditional walnut roll which is served in many Hungarian families at Christmas and Easter as a special treat. This recipe has been handed down in my family for generations. The preparation takes time, plus the dough needs an hour and 30 minutes of resting time, but the result is well worth the effort!"


2 h 35 m servings 314 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 314 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 18.9 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 279 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine the 5 tablespoons sugar, butter, egg yolks, and sour cream in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade and process well. Add the flour and yeast and process until the dough comes together. If the dough feels too wet, add a little more flour; if it's too dry, add milk a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be moist and easy to work with.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball, cover with a damp towel, and set aside. To make the filling, heat the milk and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture has a syrupy consistency. Add the chopped walnuts and stir to combine. Remove the saucepan from the heat; stir in the lemon zest and raisins, and let filling cool.
  3. Divide the dough into three pieces. Roll one piece of dough out on a lightly floured surface to form a long rectangle about a 1/4-inch thick; keep the remaining dough covered. Spread 1/3 of the walnut filling on the dough, leaving about an inch of dough at each edge. Roll the dough up to form a log, and press to seal. Place the dough, seam-side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  4. Beat the egg with the tablespoon of water to make an egg wash. Brush the loaves with egg wash and let rest for 1 hour in a warm place. After the dough has risen, brush it again with egg wash and put the baking tray in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (this will give the dough a shiny finish).
  5. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  6. Bake the loaves until they're a deep golden brown, about 35 to 45 minutes.
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  1. 16 Ratings


Just like Mom used to make (almost)! Some things to keep in mind, make sure the loaf is sealed (or the filling spills out) and make sure the dough isn't rolled too thinly. The taste is awesome.

This is exactly what I was looking for! Absolutely delicious, just like I used to eat in Hungary growing up. Now, it's my turn to pass this heavenly tradition on to my boys. My only problem w...

In Polish, this is Strucla z makiem i orzechami wloskimi: Diós-mákos beigli in Hungarian. This is just like my Polish Grandmother makes. She would sprinkle some poppy seeds on the top and her's ...

I make a similar recipe a few times every year. One tip for those who would like to simplify, you don't have to stick with walnut filling (or even make it from scratch). You can use any pie fi...

The recipe that has been passed down in our family is different in a number of ways, some being we only use walnuts, don't use sour cream, use 2 whole eggs. Another way is that my Grandma would ...

Awesome it was a hit with my family from Hungary. They are from Budapest so that will tell you how good it was.

Just like mom's!

I was so excited about trying out this recipe when I saw the beautiful pictures and great review. I followed the recipe to the T, using all fresh ingredients. I believe the main problem was the ...

The flavor is really good but not quite as I remember my Grandma making...hence only 4 stars. My dough split open but still turned out tasty. Very good recipe just maybe not exactly what I was ...