Kurtoskalacs (chimney Cake) Maker

Introduction: Kurtoskalacs (chimney Cake) Maker

About: Name is Adrian. Dogs name is Jake. His chip number is 985121010239659

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.

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Step 1: 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

Step 2: The Dowel

Drill two holes in the center of the dowel. One on each end. The hole should at least 3 inches deep. Fill the hole with some of the glue and stick one of the metal rods in it. Take the other metal rod and bend it so it has two 90 degree angles in it. This can be seen in the picture. This will become the 'crank'.

Step 3: The Base

The size of the base all depends on the size of the fireplace, firepit, barbecue, or whatever you intend to use to cook it is. You may want to construct yours to be shorter than mine. We have a large fireplace with that makes lots of coals. You want the coals to be a few inches from the dowel. I have seen this cooked on a variety of surfaces so use judgment. (you may have to change the height of your base).

Cut the angle rods to your desired size. Mine was about 27" by 10". Drill holes in the angle rods and attach the components of the base with the nuts and bolts.

Cut more angle rods (i used tin strips to make detailed cuts so that they interfit better) Drill and attach them as well. I assume you can figure out the dimensions and placement of the bolts yourself. You ARE on a website about building things so i hope you have a bit of carpentry skills.

Step 4: Finish

place the dowel ontop of the base. Thats it! it is a very simple thing! This dish is a big hit for parties because its fun and different. I recommend making yours shorter than mine. Because of the unique firepit I have I had to make mine very tall. Yours should be about half the height as mine. good luck! The recipe is here

6 egg yolks
100-120 g/ 4-4 ½ oz. butter
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsp.sugar
50 g/2 oz. yeast
500 ml/18 fl. oz. lukewarm milk
1,000g/2 lb. flour
chopped almonds

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm mild. Beat the egg yolks and butter
together, then add the salt and sugar. Sieve the flour and add the egg
mixture and the yeast. Blend together thoroughly. Cover with a cloth
and put in a warm place to rise. Turn out onto a floured surface, roll
out and cut into long strips – 5 cm/2 in. wide. An alternative way is
to divide the dough into small balls, leave to rise and then roll each
ball into long strips, 5 cm/2 in. wide. Brush the rolling pin with
melted butter and twist the strips, one at a time, on to the pin.
Press together with the fingers so that the edges nearly meet. Brush
with melted butter and sprinkle with roughly chopped almonds and
sugar. Bake over an open fire, turning constantly until golden brown,
or in an infrared oven. They can also be baked in an ordinary oven,
but in this case bake without the almond and sugar coating. Remove
from the oven when half-cooked and brush with more melted butter and
then sprinkle with the almonds and sugar.

As soon as you smell this dish you willl love it!!!!


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    8 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 2

    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!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    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


    13 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.


    13 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.


    Reply 13 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.