Oh, yes, I’ve found a new pastry to love. Now you need to know, that when I get pastry, my wife wants ice cream/gelato. This new pastry is called Trdelnik, and in Czech, if you replace the “t” with a “p” it is “poop,” something they find funny at tourist’s expense. Yes, the clerk at the hotel instructed me to ask for it the wrong way.
All that aside, you cannot miss the Trdelnik in shops and kiosks. It is a circular tube of soft-on-the-inside and crisp-on-the-outside pastry covered in sugar and cinnamon and filled with chocolate or cream or preserves or nothing. When you eat it, you can unroll portions of the coil of pastry, which is the easiest way. It is made over charcoal, and the dough is wrapped around a rolling pin-like iron tube that is rotated over the coal until the pastry is cooked. It is finished off by caramelizing the outside which is sprinkled with sugar over the coal fire, then rolled in cinnamon, sugar, and crushed nuts. More than tasty, I tell you! I should know, I have taste-tested many portions! As for Kathy’s ice cream, well, poor girl, she will just have to wait for Blue Bell when we get home, because when I see a Trdelnik stand, I’m not going any farther.
Prague is simply beautiful. The streets are bustling and every view is filled with new sights of grandeur. And, you can find at least one Trdelnik stand on every street. WEG