Kürtős kalács or Kürtőskalács is a Hungarian pastry also known as chimney cake, a stove cake or Hungarian wedding cake. It is baked on a tapered cylindrical spit over an open fire. Originally from Transylvania, it is famous as Hungary’s oldest pastry. They are sold in bakeries, pastry shops and more frequently street vendors sell them on street corners, carnivals and fairs.

The pastry 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. It is then 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, crisp crust. Kürtős kalács originates from Transylvania, a historical region in present-day Romania with a sizable Hungarian population and its name derives from the Hungarian word kürtő that refers to chimney.


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