Töki Pompos [Slovakian]

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Töki Pompos is something very Hungarian. What does it mean? Well, this is a heavy food (like most Hungarian food) consisting of a piece of potato bread dough, flatten and baked and usually topped with sour cream (tejföl), cheese and bacon. Garlic and onions are also added and it is a very addictive combination. Very, very delicious in my opinion. 

However, shortly I found out that this tasty food is originally from Slovakia. In some sense, the taste is like the pizza but with very Eastern European ingredients. I love it when it is sold at festivals markets, Christmas fairs and at open air events in Budapest. The dough is actually the same as that used in the Hungarian Fried Bread (Lángos). The difference is that it is oven-baked (not fried in oil). Less greasy but the same sinful :)

What is usual though, we always have to wait in the icy wind or cold in a queue in a 'vásár.' Most of these times, it is prepared in those amazing outdoor oven, so its taste is unimitable if you are making yours at home using an indoor oven. So if you are eating this at home during the winter, it will be best to open the window as you eat to enjoy this unique atmosphere and experience.

220g or 1 large potato
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
160ml water (from the water that you cook the potatoes)

200g sour cream
2 large cloves of garlic
100g thick-cut bacon, diced
1 large purple onion, sliced
100g smoked Cheese, grated

  1. Peel and cut into smaller pieces, put it into a pot of boiling water.
  2. After 10 minutes, drain and set aside to cool. Mash the potatoes. Reserve the cooking water.
  3. Mix flour, salt, yeast together in a large mixing bowl. Add in mashed potatoes and water.\Mix the dough and knead for 5 minutes until smooth (slightly sticky texture).
  4. Cover and let it rise for 2 hours. Dough will double in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  6. Oil a baking sheet, roll and pat out eh dough to 2 cm thick.
  7. Bake for 10minutes until golden brown.
  8. Set aside to cool.
  9. While it is cooling, prepare the toppings (bacon, onions, cheese).
  10. Add the smashed garlic to the sour cream, give it a mix.
  11. Then to the slightly cooled dough, spread the sour cream mixture.
  12. Sprinkle the onions and bacon evenly. Finally, sprinkle the Cheese all over it.
  13. Place it back into the oven to bake for another 12 minutes until the cheese is all melted and golden brown. By this time, the bacon should be cooked too.
  14. Serve by slicing to the size you like (in triangles or rectangle) you choose.
  15. Viola! Enjoy!

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