Trdelník is a traditional Czech sweet pastry made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick and grilled. It has a long tradition and is nowadays very popular amongst tourists. With the following recipe you can bring this delicious pastry into your home. Traditionally Trdelník is grilled but t is also possible to make them in the electric oven. Of course you can buy special sticks for making Trdleník but you can also wrap aluminium foil around your rolling pin and use it instead.
- 240 grams (1¾ cups) all-purpose flour
- 14 grams (½ oz) fresh yeast
- 30 grams (2 tbs) sugar
- A touch of salt
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 45 grams (3 tbs) melted butter
- 120 milliliters (½ cup) milk, lukewarm temperature
- For brushing the rolling pin
- melted butter
For the topping (to one’s own taste):
- 115 grams (1 cup) ground walnuts,
- 100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
- 6 grams (2 tsp) cinnamon
Blend in a large bowl flour, sugar and salt. Add the egg, milk, melted butter and yeast. Stir the ingredients until they become a dough and then knead it for about 5 minutes. It will be very sticky, but don’t add any flour – grease your hands instead. Transfer it to a well greased bowl and allow it to rise for 60 minutes at room temperature. After 60 minutes the dough should have doubled in volume. If you use your rolling pin instead of a special stick wrap at least three layers of aluminium foil around it to prevent it from burning in the oven. Roll the dough to a 4 millimetres thick square shaped sheet and cut it into 10 to 15 millimetres wide ribbons. Wind them around the rolling pin by tucking them together so the dough doesn’t unwind. Eventually roll it to to press the dough together. Before putting it into the oven brush it with melted butter and roll it in sugar. Traditionally the dough would now be grilled for about 6 minutes by the fire until it gets a dark golden colour. If you bake it in the oven preheat it at 190 degrees Celsius and leave it for 25 minutes. If you using the roasting function leave it only for 20 minutes. If you are not sure the colour will indicate anyway when you should remove it from the oven. Turn it during baking and roll it again in sugar when it’s done. If you use other toppings than sugar or cinnamon brush it with melted butter again before rolling it in them to ensure that the topping sticks to the cake.