(From Marni my mom) A few months ago my brother and I were talking about desserts my grandmother (Mamaw, Molly Berkowitz) used to make. She made mandelbread, ruggalach and a cookie that I had totally forgotten about. Neither my brother nor I knew what it was called or even remembered her calling it anything. We knew it had layers of pastry with a fruit and nut filling and chocolate on top. I went home and stared searching the web. With in a day, I had found it. It was called Zserbo and was Hungarian. Here is what I found about Zserbo-
"Gerbeaud" (Zserbo in Hungarian) is perhaps the best known pastry in Hungary and has a history of 125 years. The slice originated from the legendary Gerbeaud Cafe in the heart of Budapest, Hungary, one of the most traditional and famous cafe-confectioners in Europe. It is baked for celebrations and special occasions such as birthdays and weddings. The word "Gerbeaud" is never translated as it 'understood' that if you order it at the Gerbeaud Cafe you will know what it is. It is made up of thin, tender layers of sweet yeast dough alternating with ground walnuts and rich jam.
My Brother's Birthday was Feb.1- right in the middle of a huge ICE storm in Dallas and we didn't get to go out. Brian decided we should try to make him Zserbo for his Birthday and we did!!! Brian wants to offer it to you all as wel! It is almost as good as Mamaw's!!
Zerbo is available in 9x13 or 9x9 orders. You can choose apricot, strawberry or grape filling (or some of each!) The pan is sliced in 1x2 inch slices.