Chimney Cakes and Rétes.

I am a huge fan of dessert (or pudding, as Rambo calls it). I particularly love desserts that aren’t overly sweet. I first tried chimney cakes when I was in Prague for New Year’s Eve 2011. I was walking through the Old Town Market, which was the Christmas Market still set up, and smelled these heavenly creations. I had no idea what they were or what they were called, but I had to have one! It’s essentially sweetened pastry that is wrapped around a thick pole and cooked over coals with some sugar on top.

Much to my surprise and happiness, they exist here in Hungary! It’s like the national dessert or something. I am fond of the chocolate ones.

They have loads of different flavors like cinnamon, vanilla, hazelnut, and a few others – depending on the stand.

You just rip off a layer and enjoy!

Now, Rétes are something that sound super foreign and weird, but aren’t at all. A Réte is simply a strudel! The most common here seem to be sour cherry and sweet cheese.

Sweet CHEESE? I know. Trust me. It sounded really weird to me too. But they are AMAZING. Like, I don’t even know. It’s similar to the ricotta filling of a cannoli, but a little bit more textured. It’s a little bit grittier. I think it’s made from cottage cheese, but don’t hold me to that. Anyway, the sweet cheese is then sweetened with honey, and wrapped in pastry. You need to try it. You’ll thank me later.

Personally, I think the sweet cheese is better than the cherry. Hands down.

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