occasion: 4Kids, 4Holidays
origin: Traditional (National&Religious)
The Kurtos kalacs name comes from the shape of the cake, a strip of yeast dough is wrapped around a spit. It is then rolled in granulated sugar and baked above charcoal cinders. The end result is a chimney shaped cake with a caramelized, sugary, golden-brown exterior.
Warm up the milk in the small saucepan over medium-low heat. Combine the tepid milk, sugar and yeast into the big bowl and give it a good stir. Set aside for 5 minutes or until a thick bubbly foam has formed on top of the milk. Combine flour and salt in the stand mixer’s bowl. Make a hole in the center and pour in melted butter, egg and egg yolks and the milk mixture. Mix using the medium setting for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your stand mixer. The chimney cake dough is ready when the dough has become a solid mass, and does not stick to your hands. Don’t add in extra flour if you notice that the dough is too sticky, add in a few more drops of melted butter instead. Cover with plastic and set aside to rest for 1 hour, or doubled in size in warm place.
I made here mini chimney cake because much more easy to handle for kids. I used small (10 cm high) metal molds. If you dont have this kind of metals, wrap up two paper towel tubes tightly in tin foil, fold the remaining tin foil inwards. You’re going to wrap the dough over these holders. Since these chimney cakes need to be heated all the way around and inside, these make-shift holders will do perfectly fine.
When the kurtos kalacs dough has doubled in size, place it on a clean working surface. Don’t sprinkle with flour beforehand sprinkle with oil. Knead the dough until smooth, then divide into ten portions. Roll each portion into a long string and roll it onto the prepared holders.
Preheat your oven to a temperature of 200 Celsius degrees. Sprinkle each kurtos kalacs with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place each holder on baking paper covered baking tray upright the mods, and bake them for about 10 to 15 minutes until light browned. Remove the molds from middle and serve hot. Don't store on room temperature for hours because may be dried up and will lost softness.