[Sca-cooks] Trdelnik query

Sharon Palmer ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Sun May 27 19:47:46 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.
>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.

Rumpolt has a number of recipes described as Turkish.  And even more 
as Hungarian or Polish.


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