I saw an oven for the first time when I was in Sweden, my mom had never baked a single thing. I thus grew up in a house where baking was an unknown art. The first real thing I baked was banana bread with help of one of our family friend. Because hubby loves banana bread, I ventured into baking bread; and my first bread was a brick, very thick, and not edible. After years of doing very mistake possible and rectifying them the yeast and me are friends, we like each others companion. I thus joined “Daring Bakers Challenge” in 2009. It has helped me to learn lot of new dishes and techniques. Today I am proud to host this month “Daring Bakers Challenge”, and for this I choose two recipes, chimney cake or Kürtőskalács, other is Ensaimda.
Since I have learned something from every challenge, I wanted to try a traditional recipes but one new for the challenge. So when I came across this Kürtőskalács aka chimney cake, a traditional wedding pastry made in Transylvania (Romania), I got hooked. Some of you may have memories associated with this pastry as it is one of the most traditional as well as important street foods in Eastern European countries. In the small villages of Hargita County, Romania, families prepare this delicious pastry for every special occasion (weddings, christenings) the way they learned it from previous generations. Grandmothers wake up in the early morning to knead the fresh yeast dough and fire up the brick oven at the back of the house. By the time the wood is smoldering, the dough is ready to be wrapped around a wooden cylinder, rolled into sugar and slowly baked on the fire. Traditionally it is made on a grill or brick oven; nowadays it is made in electric oven.
Another coiled treat is the famous Spanish coiled breakfast pastry Ensaimda, a pastry from Majorca, Spain. Even though the traditional recipe uses lard, I used butter here without a filling. First yeast dough is rolled out until extremely thin, butter is spread on one side and the dough is rolled into a rope and then shaped into a coil.
Both are brioche kind of yeast dough made it into a sweetened treat. I think I will write about Ensaimda as separate post otherwise this post is going to be huge one. Chimney cake or Kürtőskalács is famous street food as well as common pastry made in the backyard grill. Since I don’t have grill in my hand, I used both baked and roasted version of chimney cake, both turned out be delicious. My kids enjoyed a lot. I used my only one rolling pin which I have it my hand to make chimney cake, if you want you can make wooden spit here is link to make it by yourself. I tried twice and both time it worked like a charm. So don’t worry about putting your rolling pin in the oven.
You can also take look the chimmeny cake and Ensaimda tried by other Daring Baker’s here
Here comes the recipe.
Here comes the recipe