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Rill's Chimney Cake

Chimney Cake or "in its original Hungarian name Kurtos Kalacs..." is a ribbon like yeast-raised dough
that is wound around a special wooden cylinder, covered with sugar, and baked in a rotisserie oven. 

While in the oven, the outside becomes carefully caramelized while the interior remains very soft.
Right after it is taken out of the oven, the melted caramelized crust is sprinkled with
a topping usually consisting of walnuts, coconuts, cinnamon or cocoa.
This makes a perfect taste harmony from inside to the outside.





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Rill's Chimney Cake

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Rill's Chimney Cake

The chimney cake (in Hungarian the kürtős kalács) is the most famous traditional Hungarian cake with Transylvanian origin.
Without exception, chimney cake enjoys great popularity in all the different countries where it is presented.
The origin of this delicious handmade pastry is still highly disputed.

The oldest legend dates back to the conquest of Hungary, when the Hungarian ancestors kneaded dough from pillaged eggs
and flour, wrapped around their horn and baked their chimney cake at the camp fire. Another origin version describes
the name and the preparation method as follows; the name “chimney cake” comes from the word: stove-pipe, since stove-pipes
are called chimney-pipes in Transylvania’s Székely-land. The ingenious Székelys wanted to further utilize the live coal of
the hardwood for something else besides cooking and heating. Therefore, the glowing coal was put onto the top or in front
of the oven, and the gently spun sweets were baked over the live coal.

Naturally, we Hungarians accept the one which is closest to us and this is the third legend which is connected to the
invasion by the Mongols. At the arrival of the Mongolian troops, some Transylvanian people escaped and fled to the mountains
or hid in the caves of Budvár or Rez. The Mongols, having no other choice, came to the decision to make the Transylvanians
starve into surrender. It went on until the very moment that both camps ran out of food. Then a smart, ingenious
Transylvanian woman scraped the remainder of flour together, mixed it with ash and water and baked seemingly huge
loaves rolled to thick sticks. Then, they put the loaves onto high poles, showed them up to the hungry Mongols and said:

“Look how much food we still have while you are starving to death.”

As a consequence, the hungry and upset Mongol troops gave up their plans and left.
All in all, it is hard to prove the origin of chimney cake, therefore feel free to find your own truth.