Taste of my visit to Europe – Trdelnik

20 Feb

Are you wondering how this is pronounced? Well join the gang, because till date I too am struggling with the pronunciation.

We came across this hollow pastry when traveling to Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO Heritage town in Czech Republic). This is a common Czech street food item (and I wonder how we missed it in Prague), cooked on open grills on the roads (town squares) and then sold hot with a dusting of cinnamon, sugar, and nuts (traditionally walnuts).


This pastry is made by wrapping the dough around a stick and then roasting it until the flour is golden brown and cooked. It is then coated with a dusting of cinnamon, sugar and walnuts but we also saw versions with chocolate and cream.

In terms of history (per wikipedia), the production of trdelník has a long tradition in the Slovak town of Skalica on the border with the Czech Republic where Earl József Gvadányi, a Hungarian general in retirement, had settled. He employed a cook from Transylvania who brought the recipe for “trdelník“ and improved it into the final pastry nowadays known as Skalický trdelník. Also,  the name “trdelnik” comes from trdlo, the wooden stake the cake was traditionally wrapped around for cooking which gives it its traditional hollow shape.

So if have a major sweet tooth and want a quick respite during a city tour, when try your version of a Trdelnik.


6 Responses to “Taste of my visit to Europe – Trdelnik”

  1. MarketaDee April 13, 2012 at 01:00 #

    You pronounce it as follows:
    Tr (as in Scottish-like rolling R)
    del (as in Dell computers)
    n (soft, as in the middle of ‘onion’)
    ik (as in eek)
    There you go!


    • getsetandgo April 13, 2012 at 11:17 #

      Thanks. It does not seem difficult at all now.. 🙂


  2. rommel May 12, 2012 at 08:02 #

    Still looks difficult to pronounce for me. Hehe


    • getsetandgo May 12, 2012 at 09:28 #

      Lol. It is quite a tongue twister isn’t it…


      • rommel May 12, 2012 at 09:35 #

        Ow the first time I saw it, I said to myself to forget it. It is missing some vowels in my vocabulary. Hehe. 😀


      • getsetandgo May 12, 2012 at 09:37 #

        Exactly. 🙂


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