5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Trdelník is a type of spit cake, traditional of Central Europe, which is prepared with dough that is wrapped around a stick, and topped with sugar, walnuts and/or cinnamon before being baked on an open fire.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Central European, Czech, Slovak, Vegetarian
Servings: 25 pieces
Author: Mike Benayoun
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour , sifted
  • ¾ cup milk , warm
  • 5 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil (for greasing trdlo sticks)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar, the milk and the yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 2 egg yolks and butter.
  3. Add the flour, then the yeast mixture and the salt.
  4. Combine and mix well. The dough will be quite dense.
  5. Form the dough into a ball, place it in the bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it almost doubles in volume.
  6. Meanwhile, roll magazines into a stick and secure them with cooking twine or scotch tape. Tightly cover each stick with aluminum foil and tuck the edges on each side of the magazine.
  7. Preheat the oven to 380 F (ideally convection mode).
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to approximately ⅛ inch thickness. Using a small knife, cut ½ inch thick strips (at least 8 inches long).
  9. Grease each trdlo stick by spraying oil on them. Tightly wrap each strip of dough around the sticks making sure each strip slightly overlaps each other. Each stick should fit about 3 trdelnik pastries, leaving about 1 inch between them.
  10. Combine cinnamon and sugar (to taste) in a large baking sheet.
  11. Brush each trdelnik with egg white and generously coat with the cinnamon sugar.
  12. Place the trdlo sticks on a baking dish making sure the pastry doesn’t touch the bottom or the sides of the dish.
  13. Bake the trdelnik for 20 minutes until they are golden all around.
  14. Carefully slide off the trdelnik from the sticks.