“Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase (“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”) as supposedly Marie Antoinette said, in Hungarian ”EGYENEK KALÁCSOT”.
This weekend you are literally invited to eat cake, a very special type, called KÜRTŐSKALÁCS originating in Transylvania which has become very popular in Budapest and elsewhere in Europe recently. CAKE in Hungarian is either TORTA or KALÁCS, the latter meaning ‘sweetbread’. Kürtős refers to the stove-pipe or chimney. One of the most accurate definitions of this delicacy is this:
“made from sweet, yeast dough (raised dough), of which a strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar. It is baked above charcoal cinders while lubricated with melted butter, until its surface gets a golden-brown color. During the baking process the sugar stuck on kürtőskalács becomes caramel and forms shiny, crispy crust on the cake. The surface of cake can then be provided with additional toppings such as ground walnut or cinnamon powder.”
Don’t miss the festival at the Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park:
If you miss this opportunity, Fungarian’s Grandma’s Flavours Tour is a proper compensation at any time of the year: http://fungarian.hu/grandmas-flavors/