kakaós csigák – hungarian yeast pastry with cocoa

i jumped on the bandwagon and made Anikó’s kakaós csigák – hungarian chocolate rolls which were subject of numerous baking sessions (and almost as many enthusiastic praises) in german foodblogs. yeast pastry with chocolate is not common in germany – unfortunately, i have to say after trying these. i think the key to their deliciousness is to douse them with a lot of hot milk and butter during baking time, which makes them super soft and fluffy. i changed the recipe only a tiny little bit by using fresh yeast instead of dry yeast.



  • 20g fresh yeast
  • 500g flour
  • 50g soft butter
  • 300 ml lukewarm milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tsp sugar plus a pinch
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 8 tsp powdered sugar

to douse

  • 150 ml milk
  • 50g butter

first pour flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl, make a well in the middle and cut butter around it. crumble yeast into the well, add a pinch of sugar and enough milk to cover the yeast. stir a few times, then cover it with a dish towel and let the sponge rise for about 15 minutes.

add remaining milk and the egg yolk, then knead the dough for a few minutes until it comes together (it is a bit sticky, you may want to use a bit less milk first, then add by the tablespoon).  cover the dough again and let it rise until the volume is doubled – this took about an hour. in the meantime mix icing sugar and cocoa for the filling. preheat oven to 175°C.

knead again a few times, then roll it out to a large rectangle.

cover with the filling and roll it up, starting from the long edge.

then cut in slices, approximately 3cm wide.

transfer the slices into a baking pan and bake at 175°C for 15 minutes. meanwhile heat the extra 150ml milk and melt the butter in it. pour the mixture over the rolls and bake for another 15 minutes.

my baking pan was a bit large, ideally they should cuddle up closely together after baking. anyway, they were divine.

ps: the hungarians are really serious about their kakaós csigák – there is an entire web site devoted to testing them: We Love Kakaóscsiga

6 thoughts on “kakaós csigák – hungarian yeast pastry with cocoa”

  1. My best friend spent a year in Hungary and is always talking about their pastries and desserts. I would love to make these for him. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. oh yes, Hungary is definitely a destination for the sweet tooth. i have fond memories of strolling through the coffee houses of budapest and trying to taste as many of the pastries as possible…. i hope your friend will like these rolls!

  3. Oh my goodness!! I made some chocolate-filled rolls a few weeks ago with melted chocolate and butter; however, now I want to try this type of filling. Your rolls look absolutely perfect!!

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