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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If you ever get the chance to visit Prague, it’s a beautiful city, full of amazing architecture. Almost everything is in walking distance (or a short bus ride.)
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.