Kürtőskalács Recipe: Indulge in the Sweet Delights of Hungarian Chimney Cake

Dish recipes: Kürtőskalács
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Kürtőskalács, also known as Hungarian Chimney Cake, is a traditional pastry that originated in Hungary and has become a beloved treat around the world. This spiral-shaped cake is made from sweet yeast dough rolled onto a wooden spit, coated in sugar, and roasted over an open flame until golden brown and crispy on the outside, while soft and fluffy on the inside. Whether enjoyed plain or with a variety of toppings such as cinnamon sugar, chopped nuts, or chocolate, Kürtőskalács is a delightful indulgence that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup warm milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Vegetable oil for greasing

Granulated sugar for coating


In a small bowl, combine the warm milk, sugar, and active dry yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add the yeast mixture, melted butter, and vanilla extract, mixing until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease metal chimney cake molds or wooden dowels. Punch down the risen dough and divide it into small portions. Roll each portion into a long rope. Wrap the dough rope around the greased chimney cake mold or wooden dowel, making sure to overlap the layers. Roll the dough-covered mold in granulated sugar, coating it evenly. Place the prepared chimney cakes on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the Kürtőskalács from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.


Enjoy Kürtőskalács warm, straight from the oven, for a delightful treat. Serve plain or with your favorite toppings such as cinnamon sugar, chopped nuts, or chocolate drizzle. Pair with a cup of coffee or tea for the perfect afternoon snack or dessert.

Kürtőskalács is a timeless Hungarian pastry that brings joy to any occasion with its irresistible aroma and delectable taste. Whether you're savoring it on the streets of Budapest or making it at home, Kürtőskalács is sure to leave a lasting impression.