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Kurtoskalacs is the oldest hungarian pastry. It translates as chimney cake. It was origionally made by wrapping the dough around the chimney pipes. I ate it for the first time in Budapest this past summer. My mother ( who is 100% hungarian) told me she used to make it as a child with her parents. I made a Kurtoskalacs maker that we could use in our fireplace and on a fire pit.

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
The supplies consist of:

4 Angle (offset) 1/16" thick 3/4" x 48" Aluminum angle rods.
1 3 1/2" x 2' dowel (doesn't have to be exact diameter. the larger the better)
2 brass or steel rods (again size doesn't matter too much)
urethane glue (or any high temperature metal wood glue)
nute and bolts ( 1/2 inch length worked for me)

drill, sawzall, hack saw
jimmiek2 years ago
What kind of wood did you use for the dowel? From what I have read on the internet, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNUSYA6NHqU) it needs to be steamed beech or maple that doesn't exude pitch or resins that may be toxic -

Quoting a comment on You Tube -
"The wooden rolls and all accessories are sold as a package with the kurtos kalacs oven.
Manufacturers don't sell their secrets easily but I found out on a Hungarian forum that the wooden rolls are of steamed beech or maple, because these don't contain resins, withstand heat very well and don't crack.
Try also shops and second hand stores with household items."

It seems to me that a lot of the old wooden rolling pins were made of maple or some other close-grained hardwood - possibly old rolling pins might be a good 'un to try. What do you think?

BTW Adrian; I'm asking, NOT criticizing - just wanted to know whether you had any sap/resin seepage with whatever kind of wood you used ;) Nice instructable, you've given me some good ideas to work with!
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Edmund247 years ago
One can see good videos on how to make the Kurtos Kalacs on Youtube, "Making Kurtos Kalacs". I made one and it looked like this
osceola8 years ago
canida8 years ago
Neat! This sounds like a great alternative to roasting marshmallows over a campfire. I'd love to see pictures of the finished project, or your cake-maker in action.
snug8 years ago
Here in Germany, the cake (extremely delicious) is called "Baumkuchen".

You can get pictures of a "making of" here :
Dark_Helmet8 years ago
Is there any concern about the wood catching fire in the firepit? I've never had Kurtoskalacs, but they sound really, really good.
adrian.hashizume (author)  Dark_Helmet8 years ago
i guess i should have been more specific, When you cook it you wanna cook it in the coals of the fire. You dont want it cooked over an open flame. You want that smoked flavor. No there is no concern about the wood catching on fire. I suppose if you have a roaring fire consuming the whole thing then yes eventually it will catch. But you would have burned dough on your hands.