Hungarian Recipes – Pumpkin Bar Cake with Star Anise

Bar cakes can be made with almost anything: apples, cherries, plums, or even fresh cheese. Why not try this version with flavourful pumpkin? Just make sure you have enough filling left for the cake, as most people cannot resist snacking on the honey-sweetened purée as they go…



  • 250 g butter or margarine
  • 300 g flour
  • 100 g powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • salt


  • ½ kg pumpkin
  • 150 g honey
  • 2-3 pieces star anise
  • salt

First, prepare the pumpkin filling. Warm the honey and add the star anise and finely cubed pumpkin. Salt lightly, then bake until soft. Make the dough: knead together the flour, powdered sugar, eggs, softened butter, and a little salt. Divide the dough in two. Roll into two circles. Place one of the circles over the bottom of a round spring-form or pie pan and bake for a few minutes. To prevent the dough from rising too much, cover with a piece of baking paper and weigh down with ceramic baking beads. When it is clear that the crust has dried somewhat, remove from the oven, remove the weights, fill with pumpkin, and cover with the other dough circle. Trim the edges, puncture the dough with a fork, and brush with beaten egg. Drizzle the top with a small quantity of honey, place in an oven pre-heated to 150 degrees, and bake 20 minutes until done.

Tip: If you don’t have ceramic baking weights available, dried beans work just as well!


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