Kindle is the typical cake that was prepared for Kiddush on Shabbat after shul in the morning. My father recited the Kiddush on Shabbat with a drink of Schnapps, which he enjoyed while eating a piece of kindle. Kindle is also a wonderful accompaniment to a cup of hot tea. My mother’s family customarily baked this for Purim and baked meringue kisses with the egg whites that were left. This custom continues in our family today. Unlike other yeast-based pastries, the characteristic texture of kindle depends on the dough not rising. This cake freezes well, and can be made in advance.
Yields 2 (14- x 16-inch) rolls, or 1 (14- x 26-inch) roll