Hungarian Wild Garlic Scones
Hungarian wild garlic scones or “pogácsa” as they are known (pronounced pow-gach-a) are a cross between a savoury scone and a cheese straw. They originate from Hungary and are traditionally served with drinks.
The great thing I love about these scones is that they are so versatile and by using different fillings you have many different flavours. Check out some ideas in the variations section of this page.
This recipe is easy if you have made bread before and it doesn’t require long to prove.
Wild garlic is not as pungent as garlic cloves and when cooked it has a delicate and sweeter taste. It is a relative of the chive family and grows wild in damp woodlands. It has so many uses, I personally love to make soups or add it to scrambled eggs or quiches and it’s great for pasta dishes and stir-fries.
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- EASE: easy.
- GREAT FOR: everyday baking, picnics and party food.
- TASTE: soft savoury scones filled with a sweet onion taste and topped with tasty cheddar cheese.
- TEXTURE: flaky, crisp scones on the outside with a soft centre and crusty cheddar top.
- QUANTITY: 40 pieces
- TIME: 58 minutes, includes 30 minutes proving.
For this Hungarian wild garlic scones recipe all you need are these ingredients:
- Wild garlic
- Strong bread flour or all-purpose (BL80)
- Fast-action dried yeast
- Sea salt
- Butter or lard
- Grated Cheddar cheese
Using fresh or dried yeast, click here for further guidance!
TIP: I highly recommend adding salt to your doughs and pastry. Salt helps balance out the sweetness and richness. It also elevates the other ingredients, bring out the best characteristics of any recipe. I recommend Maldon Sea salt flakes or Cornish sea salt.
WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE?
These scones can be made with different fillings to give more variety.
Here are a few topping suggestions:
- Traditional Hungarian flavours: bacon, cooked cabbage
- My alternative suggestions: pesto, sundried tomato, chives, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
If you experiment, I would love to know how you get on and share it with the other readers.
TIP: I highly recommend using metric measurements and a digital kitchen scale, rather than cup measurements. If you have ever ended up with dry, dense or crumbly baked goods, it might be because of inaccurate volume measurements, not all measuring cups are made equally. All my recipes on this blog are carefully developed so that you can easily recreate them in your own kitchen with success, using metric measurements. It is also a lot easier, less messy and you will get far better, consistent results. 🙂
If you are interested in understanding conversions, here you will find the best conversion chart.
Serving: one Hungarian Wild Garlic Scone
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STORAGE AND FREEZING
I find storing these pogácsa in a tin is best. Best eaten on the day of baking but will keep for 2-3 days.
Freezing: I love that these can be frozen and just be popped in the oven for 10 minutes when required.
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Hungarian Wild Garlic scones (Pogácsa)
- 80 g wild garlic (20 leaves)
- 500 g white bread flour (BL80 high gluten flour)
- 17 g fresh yeast (5 g fast-action dried yeast)
- 2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 medium egg (50g total)
- 280 ml milk
- 60 g butter or lard (room temperature)
- 1 medium egg
- 80 g grated Cheddar cheese
- Yeast: Warm 250 ml of the milk to body temperature and dissolve the yeast in it, stirring to ensure there are no lumps. Leave aside for 5 minutes.
- Wild garlic: Wash and finely chop the wild garlic.
- Prepare the dough: Into a large mixing bowl or a food mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the flour and the salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the egg and the yeasty milk mixture, then mix the ingredients slowly together.
- Gradually add the remaining milk (you may not need it all), until all the flour leaves the side of the bowl and you have a soft dough. If you are doing this by hand, you may want to wet your hands to stop the dough from sticking too much to them.
- Continue to work the dough for a couple of minutes to work the gluten and you are left with a silky-smooth dough.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper of a silicone mat and set it aside.
- Lightly oil your work surface and roll the dough out into a 30×40 cm rectangle.
- Brush the dough with the butter or lard until it is coated all over the top.
- Scatter the chopped wild garlic over the top until well covered and then roll the dough up into a sausage shape.
- Now fold the two ends of the sausage into the middle and turn over the dough.
- Place into an oiled bowl for 15 minutes to rest.
- Shaping: Lightly oil your work surface again and roll the dough out until it is about 2-2.5 cm thick.
- Using a small cookie cutter (I used a 4 cm size) cut out rounds of dough and place them onto your baking tray. If you don’t have a cutter, you can simply cut the rectangle up into small squares instead, they will still look and taste great.
- Proving: Leave the baking tray on the side covered with a damp cloth for 15-20 minutes to let them prove. If you room is at a low temperature, they may take a little longer to rise.
- Preheating: Preheat the oven to 200°C fan / 425°F / Gas 7.
- Topping: Mix the egg and brush each pogácsa with a little, then place a little cheese on the top of each one.
- Baking: Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are a nice golden brown.
- Once cooked remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack
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