There are many legends and true stories about the Tiroler Prügeltorte. But in none of them are we reminded that this method of cooking food over an open fire on a spit goes back to the beginnings of human culture. "Obelias", pastries on skewers, were already enjoyed in ancient Greece. Recipes of Baumkuchen, Spießhut or Prügel have been handed down to us from the German monastery kitchens of the 15th century and from Venice.
Today, the spit cake is appreciated as a representative and delicious pastry than ever before. During official visits, these traditional spit cakes were presented to Queen Elizabeth and Pope John II, among others, as "edible jewels".
Watch the master at work – every Thursday weather permitting from May – September between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. at the Kaiserhaus in Brandenberg.
(Show baking does not take place in bad weather!)
Made from eggs, butter, sugar and flour and worked to an „Eischwerteig“; a local term meaning the same measurement for each ingredient based on the weight of the eggs.
The Prügel pastry is put into a cone of parchment paper and slowly dripped in layers over a special iron spit operated by a cranking mechanism. The spit continues without a break working each layer of pastry until it forms a firm consistency baked golden brown by the open fire.
During the two hours baking time, a steady and constant control of the mechanism is needed to create the perfect shape with its golden brown colour and characteristic peaks.
An environmentally friendly panorama trip with the free regional bus (No. 4070) from July through the romantic Brandenberg Valley to the Kaiserhaus; can also be combined with a hike through the Kaiser Gorge:
Brixlegg / Herrenhausplatz 10:12 a.m. connection from the Alpbach Valley
Radfeld / Rattenberg 10:18 a.m.
Kramsach / municipal office 10:20 a.m.
Kaiserhaus 10:45 a.m.
Return journey from Kaiserhaus: 3:38 p.m.
Please note the bus services to the Kaiserhaus are discontinued at the end of September
Hike from Pinegg to the Kaiserhaus approx. 45 minutes