Ice cream recipes inspired by classic Hungarian desserts!

These silky, luscious icy treats, dreamed up based on traditional Hungarian desserts, will be the all-time favorite summer refreshments for the whole family. You only need a couple of simple ingredients to create these creamy wonders. Here we present you three delicious Hungarian ice cream recipes that you can try at home when the thermometer hits 30 ° C.

Rákóczi cottage cheese ice cream

Beat the heat with this classic Hungarian ice cream. Inspired by the traditional meringue-topped apricot-y shortbread-like Hungarian pastry, this cold delicacy will amaze your taste buds. Find the original recipe HERE!

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Ingredients for 5dl ice cream:

125 ml cream

180 ml whole milk

50 g sugar

2 egg yolks

1 egg

pinch of salt

the zest of a 1/4 lemon

half a vanilla bean

75 g cottage cheese

For the crumb:

50 g butter

50 g sugar

50 g all-purpose flour

50 g almond flour

For the apricot jam:

1 kg ripe apricots peeled and pitted

15 dkg cane sugar

1 tbsp apple pectin or apple extract

  • To make the crumb, work together the ingredients in a bowl and then lay and then spread them on a baking sheet. Bake them for 8-9 minutes in a 170 ° C (338 ° F) oven until lightly toasted. Let them cool down.
  • Beat the eggs and the yolks with the sugar and slowly add the lightly warmed-up milk-cream mixture. Simmer and stir the mixture continuously until it becomes thick. Place the mixture in a separate bowl and place it in cold water. Add the cottage cheese, the lemon zest, a pinch of salt and the vanilla. Churn the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers’ instructions. If you like, you can add raisins soaked in sugar syrup.
  • For the apricot jam, we wash, peel and pit the fruits. We add the sugar and the apple pectin or extract, heat them up and let them boil for a couple of minutes. We put the mixture in a blender and purée it. We can store the jam in jars up to two weeks in the fridge.
  • To serve the Rákóczi cottage cheese ice cream, we sprinkle some crumbs at the bottom of the ice cream bowl. Add a scoop of ice cream and top it with the apricot jam.

Read more: Hungarian cottage cheese dumpling recipe has become world-famous

Cottage cheese dumpling ice cream with cream cold foam

Are you looking for the smoothest, creamiest homemade ice cream recipe in history? You are in the right place! This cottage cheese dumpling-inspired ice cream will be a staple in your fridge during the hot days! Read the original recipe HERE!

Classic Hungarian desserts inspired ice cream recipes



4 egg yolks

10 dkg sugar

2 dl whipped cream

25 dkg mascarpone

1 tbsp semolina

25 dkg cottage cheese

zest of a lemon

a pinch of salt

5 pieces of biscuit of your choice

3 dkg butter

150 g sour cream

1 dl whipped cream

1 packet of whipped cream stabilizer

5 dkg icing sugar


  • Heat up the mascarpone and 2 dl whipped cream with the lemon zest. Add the semolina and we simmer it on low heat. Once done, let it cool down.
  • Beat the egg yolks and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. Add sugar and cook it until it becomes a thick cream. Let it cool down!
  • We combine the two mixtures, add the cottage cheese and place it in the fridge for an hour.
  • Fill the cylinder of the ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • To make the cream cold foam, we beat the icing sugar and the whipped cream stabilizer with a hand mixer in order to get a nice smooth cream. We place it in the fridge.
  • To make the crumb, we grind the biscuits. We lightly toast them on butter in a frying pan.
  • We serve the scoops sprinkled with crumbs and topped with cream cold foam.

Madártej or floating island ice cream

Every Hungarian child’s favorite snack, the floating island is one exquisite dessert you will have again and again. It does not require fancy-sounding components, and it is super easy to create. Find the original recipe HERE!

Classic Hungarian desserts inspired ice cream recipes 2



5 egg yolks

20 dkg sugar

half a vanilla bean

5 dl whole milk

4 dl cream


  • Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until it gets foamy. Gradually add the milk and vanilla.
  • Heat it up at a low temperature while constantly stirring it, until it gets slightly thicker. Let it cool down.
  • Beat the cream until it gets a foam-like texture. Add it to the egg-sugar-milk mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to the ice cream machine and process until it reaches the desired thickness. Enjoy!

Read more: Recipe of the week: madártej / floating island


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