Behind The Scenes At Chimney Cake in Long Island City

[Photographs: Donny Tsang]

Kürtőskalács, or chimney cakes, are traditional Hungarian pastries that originated in Transylvania. Anna, chef and owner of Chimney Cake, has brought this tasty treat to Long Island City in New York's Queens, with a store that opened in late 2011. The cakes are made with long strips of dough that are then wrapped around wooden molds; originally, the chimney cakes were cooked in a fireplace, but at Anna's cafe they are place inside a vertical oven that slowly turns each cake 'til it's done.

We spent a few hours in the kitchen with Anna to see how these traditional Hungarian treats were made.

Check out the slideshow for a peek into the kitchen.

Chimney Cake

10-50 Jackson Ave, Long Island City NY 11101 (map) 718-786-1818

About the Author: Donny Tsang traded a life of traffic jams in LA for one of crowded subways in NYC, where he's been since 2003. Now he is a Brooklyn-based food photographer and founded the website Foodaissance, where he photographs local artisans.