Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
What’s the best way to reward yourself? For me, it’s usually about food, and better still if it’s sinfully sweet.
One weekend last month, to reward myself for a week of long hours of hard work at the office, I headed to a Hungarian bakery I’d heard about in Crows Nest. Kurtosh is located toward the end of bustling Willoughy Road. The exterior is plain and the interior is decorated along minimalist, industrial-chic lines. But the plain decor only serves to highlight the star of the show – the glorious pastries displayed in well-lit cases along one side of the cafe.
Kurtosh offers a range of pastries, most with a Hungarian twist. They also have sheet cakes sold by weight. But for me, I couldn’t go past the shop’s namesake, the kurtoskalac or chimney cake. The kurtoskalac is made fresh to order; the dough is rolled out before your eyes – and in my case, slathered with (rather too little, in my opinion) nutella – before being twirled around a stick and placed in a special oven. Ten minutes later, I have a hot chimney cake in my hands.
It is delicious, with a nice, crunchy crust and soft insides layered with nutella. It is also massive – longer than my hand – and so filling that I couldn’t finish it in one sitting. Hours later, I dig into it again, and am surprised to find that it is still crunchy. For $9.50, what else could you ask for?
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward.
110 – 112 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, Sydney NSW, Australia
02 9439 4563
Branches also available at Randwick and Surry Hills
Other treats nearby: the best Ramen in Sydney at Ryo’s.
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