[Sca-cooks] Trdelnik query

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Thu May 31 19:04:34 PDT 2012

Ok, That is almost the Baumkuchen.  Could be origions of both?

From: Sharon Palmer <ranvaig at columbus.rr.com>
To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org> 
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Trdelnik query

> We're currently in Prague, which seems a very pleasant city to visit. One of the local products, mainly for tourists, is a pastry called "Trdelnik," which is claimed to be old. It's made by wrapping dough around a wooden cylinder then "baking" it over coals, continually turning the cylinder.
> Does anyone here know if it's period, and if there are any period recipes? It's another way of producing pastry without an oven, in addition to our two Islamic frying pan pastries, so might be useful for Pennsic and similar contexts.
> David/Cariadoc

Could it be related to spit cake?  This recipe is from Rumpolt, but there are others.  I find it interesting that the dough is wrapped around a roller, not a spit.  It doesnt say what the roller is made of, but probably wood.  Walger is the same word used for the tool to roll out dough.

Gebackens 20. Take warm milk and beat eggs with it/ mix a dough with fair white flour/ take little beer yeast and butter to it/ let it stand a while behind the oven/ that it rises/ make it again into a ball/ and salt it a little/ then roll it out cleanly/ throw black raisins over it. Take a Walger (roller)/ that is warm/ and rubbed with butter/ and lay it on the dough/ wrap the dough over/ and tie it together with a twine/ so it does not fall off/ lay to the fire and turn slowly/ like this will it roast cleanly. And when it becomes brown then take a brush/ and put it into hot butter/ and coat the cake with it/ like this it will be a beautiful brown. And when it is roasted/ so take it off the roller spit/ and put into both holes with a clean cloth/ that the heat remains/ let it remain like this/ until it is cool so give cold on a table/ so it becomes tender and good. And one calls it Spiesskuchen (spit cake).

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