I LOVE langos! Langos? Langos is a Hungarian dish that consists of fried bread with different toppings, sort of like a mini pizza. Unfortunately the only time of the year langos are available to buy here in Karlskrona in Sweden is during summer time at markets and festivals. This of course means that I basically only get the opportunity to eat langos a few times per year... until now!
Because recently I noticed (on my Facebook wall) that people actually make langos at home - huh!? I thought langos were very complicated to make? Turns out that they are not though. So a few weekends ago I gave it a go for the first time. And below are some photos, recipe and my attempt to explain how I made my first ever homemade langos.
25 grams of yeast
3 deciliters of water
1 large boiled potato
1 teaspoon of salt
8 deciliters of flour
1 liter of oil for deep frying
1. First I mixed in the yeast in lukewarm water. Then I mixed in about 7 deciliters of flour, the grated boiled potato and salt. Once I had mixed this into a dough I let it rest for about 45 minutes in the bowl under a kitchen towel.
2. After 45 minutes I worked the dough with some more flour, cut it into small pieces, rolled out the pieces and let those rest again under a kitchen towel for about 10 minutes.
This is how the langos looked after they had rested for 10 minutes.
3. Then it was time to start the frying, a few minutes on each side in hot oil.
As soon as each lango came out of the fryer I spread homemade garlic butter on them.
Then it was time to add some yummy toppings, each person added their own toppings.
Basic lango. Toppings here are: sour cream and cheese. Simple and super delicious!
A Swedish twist. Toppings here are: sour cream, cheese, Swedish raw Falukorv and red onions.
Salty and delicious. Toppings here are: sour cream, cheese, red onions and whitefish roe.
Seafood lango. Toppings here are: sour cream, cheese, shrimps, red onions, I also added some whitefish roe after I took this photo. This is my personal favourite, although I had a bit too much red onions here.
All in all it was not complicated at all to make homemade langos, the part that took the longest was the frying. But it was so worth it! And I am so glad I now know how to make langos and I will most certainly make it many,many more times in the future. I actually made it again just a few days after my homemade langos premiere. Hehe. It is just sooo goood!!! :p
I recently visited a lovely market called Tosia Bonnadan - Crazy Farmers Day in my neighbour town Ronneby in Sweden. Ronneby is about 30 kilometres from Karlskrona where I live. And it was a beautiful photogenic day so of course I snapped some shots while I was there. :p
Many of the market stands were lined up along the Ronnebyån - Ronneby river.
The Crazy Farmers Market is quite popular and attracts about 100 000 visitors during its three days every year. Quite a lot of people for a town with about 29 000 inhabitants.
A fun and refreshing market stand/truck this year was this flower auction type of event thingy, something I had never seen before. An energetic, "mad scientist" type of guy shouted out with German accent from his flower truck that he sold the cheapest and best flowers of the entire market. Boy was he popular! Not only among those who wanted to buy some cheap flowers but also among those who just wanted a bit of entertainment. Lol!
Langos!!! Yay! I simply cannot leave a market without eating one of these babies!!! Lol! However I didn't order my usual toppings this time. Instead of red onions and caviar I had pineapple and curry with shrimps and sour cream on my Lango. A combination I'll definitely eat again! Hm... Which reminds me... I have to find out when the next nearby market is. Because now I feel like eating Langooooooos! :p
Yay! Now the Leaf market is a truly traditional Karlskrona market, in fact this market has been a yearly tradition in Karlskrona for over 200 years.
It's also the first major market of the summer season so it's always packed with people.
Originally the Leaf market was when farmers went into town to sell shrubs and flowers, which were used as decorations around farms. And although flowers still are a popular part of the market today, there are a lot of other things for sale at the market stalls as well.
Brända mandlar - Roasted almonds covered in melted sugar. These are so good! Especially when they are freshly made.
Home made candy.
Old fashioned chocolate covered cream buns.
Which look like this inside. But the white stuff is not cream, it's whipped egg white.
Swedish strawberries, which are a huge seller at the Leaf market. This is of course because the Leaf market take place the day (always a Thursday) before Midsummer's Eve. And something you HAVE TO EAT on Midsummer's Eve is strawberry cake!!!
Another very popular berry at the Leaf market is Bigarrå - a sort of Cherry.
Of course all this walking around creates an appetite! And my favourite market food to eat is Langos! And there are plenty of Lango carts to choose from at this market.
Langos is not a Swedish speciality though, it's a Hungarian dish. It consists of fried bread with different toppings. I love to have sour cream, shrimps, caviar and red onions on my Lango. It's sort of like a mini pizza when I think about it.
And here I am devouring a Lango at the Leaf market. So tasty!!!!
A major concern each year is how the weather is going to turn out on the day of the Leaf market. But I have to say that, although there were a few rain clouds in the sky, the weather was pretty nice at Karlskronas Leaf market this year. :-)