[cakesandcoffee 20] – zserbó

Jó reggelt kívánok or morning! From today until Christmas, you can try the best Transylvanian cake every day, Zserbó – Jerbo, Gerbeaud, Greta Garbo or a five-sheet walnut cake, as my grandmother wrote in her recipe book.

The cake is named after Emil Gerbeaud, a Swiss confectioner, chocolate maker and entrepreneur of Hungarian descent, who became famous for his products sold at Café Gerbeaud, opened in 1858 in Budapest. In Silvia Jurcovan’s book, the recipe became known as Greta Garbo.

On the internet you will find recipes with 4 sheets and chocolate icing on top. We like Grandma’s recipe, which doesn’t have icing, but has an extra sheet, because that’s what we know from childhood. 🙂

For about 1 kg of dough from which you will spread 5 thin sheets, about as much as the stove tray you need 500g of flour (plus extra for spreading), 40g sugar, 5g dry yeast, 2 eggs, 100g cream, 30ml milk, 150g butter, 50g lard, vanilla sugar, lemon peel.

Filling: 400g ground walnuts, 130g sugar, 650g apricot jam (you can also use plums jam).

Put the yeast with milk and sugar in a glass and leave it to hydrate for a few minutes, until it starts to make small air bubbles.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with the food processor. If you mix by hand, then mix the fat with the flour, then add the rest.

Divide the dough into 5 balls and let it sit for about an hour. If it’s too soft, put it in the fridge. From it you will spread 5 thin sheets, about the size of the stove tray, on the floured top.

In the greased pan or on baking paper, place the first sheet, then a layer of jam, a layer of ground walnuts mixed with sugar, then the next sheet and repeat, finally cover with the last sheet.

Bake at 180 degrees for 35 minutes. Cut after it has cooled.

The disaster of me could eat an entire tray! :)))

PS: the piece in the picture is what I managed to save. 😀 😛 :))))))

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