Hungarian Strawberry Pastry Bars Recipe
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Hungarian Strawberry Pastry Bars Recipe

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This Hungarian pastry has always been a family favorite. The dough is rich and soft , and the layers of nuts and jam make a delicious filling. —Ron Roth Wyoming, Michigan Tip: Try using a floured pastry cloth when rolling out the dough. It makes placing the dough into the pan easier.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups shortening
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) seedless strawberry jam

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 377 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sour cream, water and vanilla; gradually add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into thirds. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Between two large sheets of waxed paper, roll out one portion of dough into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with 1-1/4 cups walnuts and 2 tablespoons sugar. Roll out another portion of dough into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle; place over walnuts. Spread with jam; sprinkle with remaining walnuts and sugar.
  3. Roll out remaining pastry; cut into strips. Arrange in a crisscross pattern over filling. Trim and seal edges. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Hungarian Strawberry Pastry Bars in Taste of Home February/March 2007, p39

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Jayshree User ID: 2580735 144441
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"i loved this recipe! I've also made it with almond extract in place of vanilla, and substituted raspberry and almonds instead of strawberry and walnuts. DELISH! i made it with the Hungarian Paprikash, Spaetzle, and Lightly Dressed Cucumber salad. They were all featured together in one issue, and it was fantastic! I love these!"

CarolKinelski User ID: 3140348 65142
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"These were absolutely delicious and my husband said I had a winner. However, as an experienced baker, I do think they take longer than 45 min. for the Prep but were worth every minute of preparation time."

Vicky Yount User ID: 1810106 65140
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"I have been looking for this receipe for over 20 years. My mother used to make this every time we had a cookout with family.I have wanted to make this and could not find the receipe and their is no one left in the family that has the receipe. I will be making this for the up coming holiday."

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