Hungarian cuisine is a combination of simple peasant food that originated many centuries ago when nomadic tribes rode the great plains of Hungary, some new ingredients that arrived with the Italians and Turks in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the elegant, highly developed cuisine which came from the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The result is delicious, often hearty, fare that helps Hungarians withstand long, cold winters. It is also often incredibly indulgent, especially when it comes to pastries, cakes and desserts. Read more