Hungary awaits Pope Francis with a sweet “mouth from heaven”
Confectioner Zsolt Karl has baked a special cake he calls “a bite of heaven” using dried fruits mentioned in the Bible and hopes Pope Francis tastes his creation when he visits Hungary this Sunday.
Pope Francis is due to arrive in a predominantly Roman Catholic Hungary on Sunday to celebrate mass in the historic Heroes’ Square in Budapest. Then, he will travel to Slovakia the same day for a visit culminating with an open-air mass at the Sastin pilgrimage site in western Slovakia on September 15.
Karl, who runs his pastry shop in the small town of Dunaharaszti, south of Budapest, won a national competition for the cake, which he first served at a Eucharistic Congress in Budapest this week.
“I cooked a sugar syrup with cinnamon and honey, and I put the diced dried fruit in it,” he said.
“We experimented with the proportions of dried fruits so that when you eat the cake, you experience different tastes every 5 to 10 seconds. “
Under the conditions of the competition, the cake had to be simple, last a long time without cooling down and be made from ingredients contained in the Bible such as figs, dates,
apricots, plums and honey.
Karl’s cake, which has a dough similar to a Hungarian specialty “beigli”, a bun usually filled with poppy seeds or nuts and traditionally made for Christmas, is filled with
dried figs, plums, dates and apricots, as well as candied cherries, sweet orange peels and toasted almonds.
“I really hope the Pope tastes our pastry,” Karl said.