A little about the Kurtoskalacs

There was a folk festival in one the squares near our apartment today.  And it was here that we discovered something called a Kurtoskalacs.  Or Kurtoskalac for singular – not sure.  Apparently it’s a traditional Hungarian pastry, which would explain why they were making them in the square.  I watched them make a batch from start to finish, then bought one wrapped in paper.  Margaret and James and I ate the thing, in awe, really.  We bought another to take home.

Here are some photos… you might even consider it a tutorial… (Matt W., you might want to find a way to introduce these at the Fall Festival — they blow the EARS off of Elephant Ears).

They start with dough and roll it carefully onto this sort of rolling pin. They paint it with what looks like butter and sprinkle it with a little sugar before they go to the grill...

They set them on a grill and turn them...

It's sort of like foosball they way they turn the handles...

And they get nice and toasty brown...

And they take them off the grill...

And they wrap them in paper... and you peel off the strip of dough... it's fantastic!

I think Margaret is going to like Kurtoskalac!


About patster66

I'm visiting Pécs, Hungary with my wife and son for the Fall 2010 semester. My wife, Margaret McMullan, received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and do research at the University of Pécs. My 13 year old son is attending a semi-bilingual school here called the ANK where I am teaching English Language and Drama to 4th - 8th graders 2 days a week.
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3 Responses to A little about the Kurtoskalacs

  1. Matt says:

    I have our rolling pin taken apart and am on the phone with the Nut Club right now!

  2. Kathy M says:

    That looks fantastic! The lady behind Margaret looks interested in what you are doing. I am so enjoying your journey. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Andrea says:

    Hi Patrick,

    I hope you don’t mind if I comment on your blog. I have just found it and started reading it with great interest. I was born in Hungary but haven’t lived there for 12 years. And I have never ever visited Pecs !!
    I agree with you about Kurtoskalacs, it’s absolutely delicious.
    Its name means Stovepipe Milk-loaf (that’s the literal translation anyway). Traditionally it was made by wrapping the dough around the stovepipe.

    Best wishes


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