The chimney cake is a highly beloved street food in our country. It is a sweet pastry made from yeast dough, rolled onto a cylindrical spit, and baked in a hot oven until it turns red.
While taking a romantic or a family stroll in the downtown area, you will surely feel the alluring scent of chimney cakes. This mouthwatering delicacy is available in various flavors, such as coconut, chocolate, or cinnamon. As it is prepared by rolling the dough onto a specialized tool, many cannot imagine making chimney cakes at home. The recipe is simple, and it’s worth giving it a try. Moreover, the homemade version turns out to be much cheaper.
What should we roll the dough on?
It may seem like the biggest problem, but the solution is simple. If you decide to invest in a chimney cake making tool, it will serve you for a lifetime. However, if you don’t want to incur such an expense, you can repurpose an empty beer can. Cover it with aluminum foil, and it will be perfect for this purpose.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- 500 grams of all-purpose flour
- A pinch of salt
- 250 milliliters of milk
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 30 grams of fresh yeast
- 2 eggs
- 50 grams of melted butter
- Butter for greasing
- Oil or butter for brushing the dough
- Sugar for rolling
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Sift the flour into a bowl and mix it with the salt.
- Warm the milk to lukewarm temperature. Add the sugar and yeast, then cover it and let it activate for 8-12 minutes.
- Add the activated yeast to the flour, along with the eggs and melted butter. Knead until you have a smooth and elastic dough.
- Cover the kneaded dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 1 hour, until it doubles in size.
- Transfer the rested dough onto a floured surface and roll it out to a thickness of about one finger.
- Cut the dough into strips lengthwise (about 2 cm wide).
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
- Completely wrap an empty beer can with aluminum foil, then grease the foil. Take one strip of dough and tightly wrap it around the greased foil-covered can, overlapping the layers. Brush the dough with oil or melted butter, then roll it in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Place the chimney cake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20-25 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.
- When serving, if desired, roll the chimney cake again in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Enjoy your homemade kürtőskalács!