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|Region or state||Záhorie|
|Main ingredients||Dough, sugar, walnuts|
Trdelník is a kind of spit cake. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix.
Countries of Origin
Trdelník is found in several Central European countries, most prominently Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary (where it is known to come from the Hungarian-speaking part of Transylvania, Romania). The word trdelník is of either Czech or Slovak origin.
Nowadays, trdelník is very popular among tourists as a sweet pastry in the Czech Republic. A modern version, with fillings such as ice cream, has been spreading in popularity from its origin in Prague.
Its version from the Slovak town of Skalica - Skalický trdelník was registered in December 2007 as PGI (protected geographical indication) in the European Union. The registration application with the detailed description of the product was published in April 2007 in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The production of trdelník has a long tradition in the Slovak town of Skalica near the borders with Czech Republic. The original recipe was brought to Skalica at the end of the 18th century by the Transylvanian cook József Gvadányi, a retired Hungarian general. The original recipe was later improved by the inhabitants of Skalica to its final form now known as Skalický trdelník.
The civil association Skalický trdelník was founded at the end of 2004 with the goal of keeping the tradition of the original open fire Trdelník production. The name trdelník comes from trdlo (originally a wooden tool for pounding or stamping materials in a stoupa, a hollowed-out log), the wooden stake the cake is wrapped around for cooking which gives it its traditional hollow shape.
- Hungary - Known in Hungary as Kürtőskalács
- Austria - Known in Austria as Prügelkrapfen
- Czech Republic - in 2000s became popular in tent shopping under the name trdelník
- Germany - Known in Germany as Baumstriezel
- Luxembourg - known in Luxembourg as Baamkuch, has become a traditional dish served mostly on special occasions, such as weddings.
- Poland - Sękacz is a similar cake also cooked on a spit, normally over an open fire.
- Lithuania - Šakotis or Raguolis (Bankuchinas as known in western part of Lithuania) is made similarly but looks, tastes and is eaten completely different.
- Sweden - Spettekaka with the Protected geographical indication (PGI) registered by the EU
- Romania - Colac secuiesc is a similar cake also cooked on a spit.
- Slovakia - Skalický trdelník is a protected geographical indication (PGI) registered by the EU in December 2007
- Turkey - Known in Turkey as makara
- Israel - Known in Israel as kyortush
- South Africa - Known in South Africa as “stokbrood”
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