Trdelník: The Chimney Cake
Now here’s a post that will leaving you drooling! Looking back at these pictures, I do wish that I could enjoy one of these European pastry delights right now! It seemed as though there wasn’t a single block in central Prague, that didn’t have a little store selling Trdelník. It was therefore inevitable that we were to try
one a couple of them! We started off sharing an original trdelník. Later we stepped it up to one of the ice-cream filled versions, a chimney cake, pictured above.
Trdelník is a kind of “spit cake”. The cooking process is similar for all the spit cakes: they all consist of a dough applied on a spit which is slowly rotated over an open fire or other heat source. They are served piping hot with a generous dusting of cinnamon, sugar and nuts. Sweet and a little flaky, they’re an inexpensive snack that will warm your fingers and satisfy your sweet tooth. The aroma will draw you in, and you’ll probably get hooked on these delicious street pastries that are a trademark of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Trdelnik pastries are especially found on the streets of cities like Prague and other popular Czech destinations, as well as in Bratislava and other Slovakian cities.
Nowadays, trdelník is very popular among tourists as a sweet pastry in the Czech Republic. A modern version – the Chimney Cake – with ice cream or other fillings, has gained massive popularity in Prague. All through the streets of Prague, we saw saws like this… (leering us in!)
Watch the Trdelníks spin
Since the vendors often sell from open stalls along the street or in squares and make these pastries fresh to meet the demand of passers-by, you can often watch them make your trdelnik as you bask in the aroma of carmelized sugar and await your sweet treat. If there’s a cafe nearby, grab a coffee or some mulled wine to go with your trdelnik, find a place to sit outside and enjoy this Czech specialty.
The Perfect Combination
The crunchy, sugar-covered exterior, and the soft, warm interior, are the most perfect combination! There were many options to choose from, like nutella or jam, smeared along the inner surface of the trdelník. Although all of the choices sounded amazing, we went with the original – which was not lacking anything!
Here are some similar tweet pastries, found in other European countries. Some of them have Wikipedia links, so if this post hasn’t made you hungry enough, go and check out the other versions of this pastry…
Hungary – Kürtőskalács is same as Cozonac secuiesc; Austria – Known in Austria as Prügelkrapfen; Czech Republic – in 2000s became popular in tent shopping under the name trdelník; Germany – Known in Germany as Baumstriezel; Luxembourg – known in Luxembourg as Baamkuch, has become a traditional dish served mostly on special occasions; Poland – Sękacz is a similar cake also cooked on a spit, normally over an open fire.; Lithuania – Šakotis or Raguolis; Sweden – Spettekaka; Romania – Colac secuiesc is a similar cake also cooked on a spit.; Slovakia – Skalický trdelník; Turkey – Known in Turkey as makara; Israel – Known in Israel as kyortush
As you can image, we all really enjoyed the trdelník!
The following evening we tried a Chimney Cake, and we were NOT disappointed at all. The soft soft serve ice cream perfectly complimented the freshly baked cone in every way. Absolutely amazing.
Two thumbs up from us. We loved these Czech pastry delights!
Have you tried a trdelník?