Bukta – Hungarian Yeast Pastry

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“BUKTA” is one of the most popular traditional yeast pastries of Hungary.

It is pronounced “bookta”.  You can fill it with any jam, walnuts, poppy seeds or cottage cheese.  However “apricot jam” and “prune jam” are the most popular fillings.  Children love to take it to school or as a snack in the afternoon with milk or tea.

Takes only 30 minutes to prepare

I remember growing up this was one of my favorites and I know my daughter feels  the same way.  School children in Hungary always had fresh pastries made by their mothers and grandmothers for breakfast or as a snack with milk.  You can also find them in every bakery and grocery store however, homemade is always better.


  • 350 ml milk
  • 1 pack dry yeast
  • 50 grams of powdered sugar
  • 500 grams flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 90 gram unsalted butter
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zestjam


  • Your favorite jam


  • 120 grams soft butter

This wonderful and simply, but delicious pastry has a long history in Hungary.  Every generation loved it and enjoyed it; even in today’s hurried times, it is the go-to pastry of the family. Grab one and your on your way.  It is one way to make your life sweeter.

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2 thoughts on “Bukta – Hungarian Yeast Pastry

  1. Not sure if the milk is the right amount in the bukta. I followed it to a t but it was exremly soft had to keep adding flour to it to be able to work with it at all. Am I doing something wrong?

    • I’m sorry, somehow your comment went to the spam folder. It needs to be soft, but not sticky. I have made this recipe many times and it was never sticky. Please let me know if by soft that’s what you mean. If it is just soft and not sticky then that’s the way it should be. Take care and I’m sorry for the late reply.

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