Bidding Farewell to Bohemia
It was a good month of Czech style bottom-fermented lagers. But now we are back in the States and ready to begin baking again. But before returning to a typical beer bread recipe, I decided to romanticize once more about the Czech Republic. If you ever find yourself tired of wondering around old town square in Prague, take a break and try a trdelník.
A trdelník, or trdlo for short, is a bohemian sweet bread roasted over a coals or a wood fire grill. This treat is a delight. Crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, this dessert makes you never want to leave. Envious of these flavors, I had to bake this for myself.
The last Czech beer that will be featured for some time is Krušovice dark lager. Light in alcohol content, but robust in flavor, Krušovice made its way into my heart as one the best beers of what the Czech Republic had to offer. I don’t have all the tools necessary to make this treat, but my desire for trdlo won’t stop me from baking.
This treat is supposed to be cooked over coal or a wood fire grill. Since I didn’t have a grill, I cooked it under an open fire in the broiler. Unfortunately this didn’t cook evenly. However, this turned out really delicious for my first time baking something in the broiler. I highly recommend you cook using a grill. However, the oven is the next best thing.
The Krušovice Trdelník recipe will conclude our adventures in Prague and the Czech Republic. Many beers and many smiles. I look forward to traveling more often and exploring the local brew. As always, if you make this recipe, let me know what you did do and what you didn’t do.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour and powdered sugar. In a small frying pan, pour Krušovice and boil down until you have a volume of ¼ cup. Let cool until lukewarm. Add yeast and mix. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Pour melted butter (leave some for later), whipped egg yolks, a pinch of salt, and milk and beer mixture into the flour bowl. Use standing mixer with a bread hook to mix the bread or knead by hand like a boss. Place in a clean greased-up bowl and let rise until double in size.
- Divide dough into three equal parts and let rise again for an additional 20 minutes. Roll out the dough into a thin rope-like shape. Take remaining melted butter and butter the rolling pin. Wrap the dough around rolling pin forming a spiral. Butter the dough with the last of the butter.
- Turn oven on broil and remove your broiling pan inside your oven. Slide the dough wrapped rolling pin into the broiler. Every 2 minutes, open oven and rotate slightly. Do this for 14 minutes.
- Remove trdlo from the broiler and from the rolling pin. Place sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg onto a plate, distributing evenly. Roll the trdlo around the cinnamon spices, making sure you hit all the surface area on the treat. Enjoy!