Kürtőskalács or kürtős kalács is a Hungarian pastry also known as chimney cake or stove cake or Hungarian wedding cake.
Kürtőskalács originates from Transylvania, a historical region in present-day Romania with a sizable Hungarian population. The name derives from the Hungarian word kürtő that refers to chimney.
Kürtőskalács consists of a thin yeast pastry ribbon wound around a wooden cylinder, heavily sprinkled with sugar, thus becoming a helix shaped cylindrical pastry or a pastry roll that sometimes tapers very slightly towards the end. The pastry is baked on a hand-turned, tapered, wooden spit, rolled slowly on the wooden cylinder above an open fire. The dough is yeast-raised, flavored with sweet spices, the most common being cinnamon, topped with walnuts or almonds, and sugar. The sugar is caramelized on the kürtöskalács surface, creating a sweet, crispy crust.
It is baked on a tapered cylindrical spit over an open fire. Originally from Transylvania, it is famous as Hungary's oldest pastry.
Kürtőskalács is sold in bakeries and pastry shops. Street vendors may also sell them on street corners during carnivals and fairs.
The German Baumkuchen may be directly related to the kürtőskalács, from which it is said to derive via the Hungarian wedding cake.
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