This Czech Cinnamon Pastry-Trdelnik is sold by street vendors all over Prague, A yeast dough, wrapped around a cylinder, rolled in cinnamon sugar and then baked over an open flame.
I have to share with you all my amazing trip I just returned from. I had the opportunity to join my sister and niece in Prague, Salzburg and Munich right after Christmas. I wish I could have fit more time in each city as Europe is filled with so much history and great food.
I’ve shared photos from Prague below the recipe for those who are interested. One of the best things about Prague (aside from the architecture, the castle, the old world feel) is the street vendors and street vendor food. We probably passed 10 booths making Trdelnik before we stopped to purchase one. The wonderful smell of cinnamon tempting us as we wandered through town.
Usually cooked over coals or a low gas fire, the pastry is wound around dowels and rotates continuously while cooking to perfection.
Since I have no desire to bake outside in the winter, and I don’t have one of these ovens made specifically for this pastry, I did some research.
First, I had to find a recipe. Every recipe I found was for making these, of course, over the special oven/grill. I finally found a recipe (actually a youtube video) that made them in the oven. Success!
The only problem-it was in Czech. I didn’t understand a single word. Even the graphic listing the ingredients was in Czech. This wasn’t going to stop me. I spent 4 hours looking up words, trying to understand the language, just to translate the basic recipe.
And I realized my measurements were completely off. So after 4 batches of the dough, I finally got it right. Exactly what I had seen and tasted in Prague. Wrapping the jars takes a little more effort than most pastries but you want the heat to circulate around the entire pastry. And it’s worth it.
I almost felt like I was back walking the streets in Prague, except I was warm in my kitchen.
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Czech Cinnamon Pastry-Trdelnik
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup warm milk, divided
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 envelope)
- 1-2 tablespoons cold butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Combine yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 warm milk in a small bowl, stir just to moisten and let sit for 10 minutes. Until risen and bubbly.
- In mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, 2 eggs, butter and proofed yeast mixture. Start mixing on low speed and add in remaining 1/4 cup warm milk.
- Once fully blended switch to dough hook or knead on counter by hand for about 5 minutes. Until smooth.
- Let dough rise in bowl for 30 minutes, in a warm location, covered with a damp cloth.
- While dough is rising, cover 8 half pint (8 ounce) jars with aluminum foil, set aside.
- Make an egg wash by combine egg and 1 teaspoon of water, whisking until well combined.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon to make cinnamon sugar.
- Once dough is risen, turn out onto counter, roll into a thick log and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope, about 2 to 2 1/2 feet long.
- Rub each foil covered jar with cold butter then wrap 1 rope of dough around each jar. Dough should go around the jar almost 3 times.
- Spread cinnamon sugar out on a baking tray or 9x13 pan (something big enough to roll your pastry covered jar in).
- Brush pastry with egg wash and then roll pastry in cinnamon sugar to coat, pressing down as you roll. Place pastry covered jar on a parchment covered or lightly greased baking sheet, open end down. Make sure to space jars 2-3 inches apart.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully slide warm pastry off jars.
- Best eaten while still warm.
Instead of jars, you can also use small tin cans as molds.
Everywhere we looked the buildings drew my eye. The colorful roofs, the details
The artwork, everywhere.
Sadly, we arrived too late to tour the Prague Castle but if I ever get back there, it will be first on my list.
Prague is famous for it’s Astronomical Clock. Installed in 1410, it is the oldest, still working clock of it’s kind.
We stayed in the heart of Prague. My sister booked us a room in an apartment using Airbnb. Think vacation rentals by owner on a smaller scale. And in Europe as well as the US. This was the one we rented. Vincent, our host, provided a nice clean apartment, had great information of sites to see, places to eat, and also a notebook with tips from other visitors.
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