Kringle is a buttery and sweet Danish pastry that melts in your mouth. Danish immigrants brought over the recipe to Racine, Wisconsin in the 1800s. Since then, enjoying Kringle during the holidays has become a tradition in the American Midwest. Racine, the most Danish city in America, houses the infamous O&H Bakery.
My family has been enjoying Kringle from O&H Bakery on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. We’ve narrowed down our favorite flavors to a few classics — almond, apple, and any berry flavor. But Kringle can be filled with any kind of fruit or nuts. This past Christmas we tried a cinnamon bun flavor, and it was to die for.
We typically have leftovers from Christmas morning, and have saved those to eat for breakfast on New Years Day. However, this year I moved to Boston right after Christmas. It was too far away to travel back just for the Kringle. I did entertain the thought for a split second, though. Anyway, by the time I realized I needed the Kringle it was sold out in all of the local grocery stores. The only solution was to bake one myself.
I thought that making my own Kringle was going to be a massive feat. Some recipes said that I had to prepare the dough over the course of three days in order to properly incorporate the butter. I didn’t have that kind of time. I ended up stumbling upon this magical recipe, adapted from a family in Racine. It was incredibly simple to make, and it tasted exactly like I remembered. My heart and stomach were very, very happy and full.
I used strawberry jam from Trader Joe’s in this one, but you can use any type of jam or nut filling. I also realized at the last minute that I didn’t have any milk for the icing, so I substituted with 1/2 tablespoon sour cream and 1 tablespoon water. It was a little sour, but everything was A-okay. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Hey, I'm Sarah
My favorite things to do are eat, travel, bake, and drink coffee! I love bringing retro and classic recipes back to life and making baking easy and fun.
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