Kürtőskalács: I found many different translations on the web : chimney cake, stove cake, spit fired donuts (?) .The cylinder shape recalls the shape of the stove pipe or chimney pipe hence the name "kürtő". "Kalács" means challah. Originally it comes from Transylvania as a holiday bread/ wedding cake and lately became a real street attraction both there and in Hungary. People hardly ever make it at home because of the tools it requires but as you will see it is not impossible!
The recipe is practically a sweet yeast bread:
zest of 1 lemon (optional)
2 1/2 c warm milk
1/2 c. melted butter
3 eggs, beaten
In a BIG bowl mix dry ingredients. Mix milk, melted butter and the eggs. Add it to dry ingredients. Knead it for a couple of minutes either by hand or by a wooden spoon: this can be done by pulling the dough towards you with the spoon and keep turning the bowl.This should not take more than 2-3 minutes. When touched and the dough doesn't stick to your fingers cover and let it rise for about an hour. Then punch down the dough and give it another 15-minute rest. Now it's ready for grilling!
For the grilling you will also need:
For the finishing touch you may use any of the following:
walnut or almond flour (REALLY finely ground) mixed with a little sugar
coconut (possibly unsweetened- strange but the sugary kind is too "wet" and doesn't stick)
Use a handful of dough and on a wooden board roll it int0 a 1/2-inch (1/2 cm) thick "rope". Next coat the wood with oil. Holding it in your right hand make a loop on the top with the dough tucking in the end. (photo) Keep rolling the stick (holding it by the steel part) and at the same time gently pull the dough to the left and wrap it on the wood. When you run out of dough simple tuck in the other end. This way the dough -hopefully- will stay on the wood tightly and will not get loose during baking.Next lay it on the wooden board and give it a couple of gentle rolls to even the dough. Coat it with oil, then with sugar and go for the grill!
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