[Sca-cooks] Trdelnik query

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Sun May 27 19:09:41 PDT 2012

> ISTR a recipe in ibn Sayyar al-Warraq for a pastry cooked around a stick, 
> although i seriously doubt it could be an antecedent to Prague's. I don't 
> have iSaW with me, so i can't reproduce the recipe right now.
> Urtatim

Why not?  You're talking about a 10th Century recipe.  It is very probable 
that the recipe was known to the Ottomans, who started their push into 
Central Europe in 1516 and controlled portions of Hungary from 1541 until 
1699.  Since the earliest European recipe we have so far is from 1581 from a 
Hungarian cook in the employ of the Hapsburgs, it is possible that the dish 
represents a cultural transfer to Europe from the Ottomans via the Eastern 
Hungarian Kingdom (Transylvania).

It will be interesting to compare ibn Sayyar al-Warraq to Rumpolt.


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