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Kurtosh House

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by Eunice (subscribe)
I'm a city girl passionate about travelling, discovering new places and making the most out of my weekends.
Published April 29th 2013
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings
Discovering Kurtosh in Crows Nest one pleasant Saturday afternoon became the highlight of my weekend. We were walking around in search of the perfect cafe to satisfy the afternoon munchies and stumbled upon Kurtosh. What caught my eye as I passed Kurtosh was the giant Nutella container on the window display, followed by rolls of cylindrical looking breads that looked very appetizing.

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Kurtosh otherwise known as chimney cakes on display


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Kurtosh House in Crows Nest

As we entered the shop I took stock of the delicious looking cakes that called out to my sweet tooth cravings. The cakes were sold by weight, which is a bonus if you're indecisive like me and just want to try a little of everything. There's tiramisu, chocolate mousse, cheesecakes, cinnamon and walnut teacake, sponge cakes, sticky nuts and so much more that my mouth was literally salivating.

I was still curious about the cylindrical looking breads that I saw earlier and found out from the waitstaff that they were called kurtosh (or kurtoskalacs), which is a Hungarian sweet bread also fondly known as chimney cakes because of their hollow shape. That sold me immediately and I had to try it. You can choose from different flavours such as coconut, cinnamon, hazelnut or Nutella. I decided on Nutella. We also ordered a blood orange roulade which sounded interesting enough to warrant a taste.

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Cakes galore in Kurtosh House

The cafe itself has a laidback feel with industrial chairs and small round wooden tables. You can order coffee to go with the cakes and kurtosh or just to sip on while you wait for your kurtosh to be made. It took about 10-15 minutes before our Nutella kurtosh was served and boy was I delighted to tuck into the golden and perfectly rolled bread. After a few customary snaps on the phone, I took a first bite into the kurtosh and tasted one of the best things I've ever eaten. The bread has a crispy, caramelised texture on the outside and a soft warm freshly baked texture on the inside. Coupled with the Nutella, I was in pastry heaven.

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Nutella Kurtosh


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One of the best things I've ever tasted

Needless to say we devoured the kurtosh within minutes.

The blood orange roulade was also delicious to eat. The combination of orange and chocolate flavours tasted amazing.They complement each other so well and the roulade slice was also gone within minutes.

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Blood orange roulade


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Inside Kurtosh House

I left Kurtosh House feeling so satisfied that I knew I had to return again soon. A bit of research into Kurtosh led me to the Surry Hills shop the next day and I tried the cinnamon kurtosh which was just as good, although a little on the sweet side. We also tried some of their other cakes and they were equally tasty.

I have mentally categorised Kurtosh house as my go-to dessert/cake shop whenever I need to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.
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Why? For tasty cakes and delicious Kurtosh
When: Mon- Fri: 7am - 10pm, Sat & Sun: 8am - 10pm
Phone: 02 9439 4563
Where: Crows Nest, Surry Hills and Randwick
Cost: Kurtosh from $7.50-9.50 , cakes from $4 per 100g
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