Let’s stay in the Christmassy mood for a while, shall we? During my short visit in the pre-Christmas Czech Republic I couldn’t help but notice that trdelník (together with mulled wine) is becoming an integral part of the Christmas markets. So what is it and where did it come from?
You might sometimes hear that trdelník is a Czech specialty. Sadly, it’s not. The origins of trdelník are in Slovakia, in a small town called Skalica. It’s not far from the Czech border though. The first mention of trdelník is from 18th century. Wow. If you’re interested, here is more about history of trdelník.
So, what is trdelník? It’s a sweet pastry that looks like a giant roll. You don’t fill it with anything but it’s possible to top it with sugar, nuts, cinnamon or anything.
The name, trdelník, comes from the stick the dough is put on in order to make a roll with a hole in the middle. Trdlo in Czech means also a clodpole or someone silly (you’d probably call your child “trdlo” if he or she would make something stupid, but not serious though). “Trdlo” probably meant in the olden days also “pestle“.
Trdelník is also popular in Hungary where they call it Kürtőskalács. It’s also similar to German “Baumkuchen” or Austrian “Prügelkrapfen”. Slovakia has even registered Skalický trdelník as protected geographical indication in the European Union.
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