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Kifli is a traditional Hungarian yeast roll made into a crescent shape, also popular in the Czech, Serbian and Slovak cuisines.

Among its ingredients are butter, cream cheese, flour, sugar and jam or any other dressing.

A kifli actually means sheets of soft yeast dough cut into triangular wedges, and rolled up to form a crescent shape, then baked.

"Kifli" differs from the French "croissant" (the word means "kifli") in that it is made from a plain, bread-like dough (thus being more akin to a roll than to pastry) and being both thinner and longer. They may also come in different sizes, some of them equaling in weight a small bread loaf.

There are known two types of kifli, regular and fine ones.

For the regular kifli, the rolls of dough can be left plain or given a water brushing as they come out of the oven to make them shiny, or given an egg wash and sprinkled with either poppy seeds or caraway seeds mixed with coarse salt. The latter variety is often made into a straight shape, instead of curved like a crescent. "Kifli" is eaten like bread or rolls, usually made into a sandwich, sometimes plain or with butter like fresh baguette. Often, especially for breakfast, the topping is jam or honey, or used for dunking.

Fine kifli, are the same as regular, but the dough may contain butter or other shortening and/or milk. It has a sweeter flavor than the regular variety and is therefore especially well suited to be eaten with jam or honey, as is often done for breakfast with coffee, hot chocolate or milk.

An interesting fact about Kifli is that an early 1990s Hungarian pop group Kifli was named after this bakery specialty.

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