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I am on the search again for an authentic Danish Kringle recipe. I used to work for a family from Denmark and they had the most delicious Kringle for Christmas. There is a bakery in Seattle (Larssen's) that makes a great one, but I'd really like to make my own. I'm looking for a recipe that a 'hound has used, not a link to an untried recipe. This is my Christmas wish! TIA for any help!

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  1. Your post intrigued me, so I went on a quest for Dutch Kringle recipes. Lo and behold, what did I find, but one recipe that I remember making close to 30 years ago. The recipient wanted to know where the bakery was, so that he could get more. I cannot find the exact recipe that I used, but the one that I found was close enough. What I DID find is that there are several different interpretations of Danish Kringle. Some use some sort of a pie crust, most use a yeast dough, and the one I favour, uses the yeast dough, but prepares the dough as one would to make flaky pastry, with layers of butter.
    They also seem to have different fillings, from raisin and cardamom, and other spices, to simple pie filling, to an almond paste filling, which is the one that I prefer.

    If you don't find anyone with a tried and true recipe, I'd be happy to direct you to that site where I found the recipe.

    AnnieG

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    1. re: violabratsche

      Yes, AnnieG, there are many "interpretations" of Danish Kringle that I've found on the internet. The "authentic" Danish version that I remember is made from a laminated yeast dough ("danish" dough), with a filling made with almond paste, golden raisins, and other good stuff, shaped into a large pretzel shape, and topped with sliced almonds before baking. The laminated dough recipe and filling recipe are what I'm hoping to find. Surely someone has a Danish grandmother with a good recipe out there, feel free to post a link to the recipe you found. It has been so long since I've made one that I am willing to play in the kitchen with several recipes until I find one that I really like. I'll post results if anyone is interested.

      Tak! (which is "Thanks" in Danish)

      1. re: Non Cognomina

        Here's one that I liked the look of...

        http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php...

        AnnieG

        1. re: violabratsche

          Thanks for the link. This looks very close to what I remember. I'll play around with it this weekend and let you know how it goes. Thanks!

          1. re: violabratsche

            Yes! That's real kringle! My father's grandparents were from Denmark and they taught him how to make it. I haven't made it my self since we've been able to buy kringle made by a Dane & it is a lot of work. What they make in Racine is a travesty. Some even use margarine! Kringle is never oval, it's a pretzel!

        2. re: violabratsche

          I noticed that none of the recipes given were as you described. I believe this is what you are looking for.

          2 cups sifted flour
          1 1/2 Tbl. sugar
          1or 2 tsp. cardamom
          1/2 tsp. salt
          1/2 cup butter
          1 egg, separated
          1/2 cup milk, scalded
          1/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
          1 pkg. active dry yeast

          Prepare filling before making dough.

          In a large bowl, mix milk, egg yolk, yeast , sugar, cardamom and salt. Mix in 1 cup flour until no longer lumpy. Work in another 1/2 cup flour. Put other 1/2 cup flour on table top and rolling pin. USE NO OTHER FLOUR!

          Turn dough onto table top and sprinkle with some of this remaining flour. Slice some pats of butter and place on top of dough. Fold dough over butter and roll in. Add more butter in same way. Keep folding and rolling it in a little at a time until all butter is used.

          Divide dough in half. Roll until dough is elastic and desired size (about 6 x 18). Beat egg white until frothy. Spread 3 inch center strip with half of beaten egg white, then with filling.

          Fold dough over with 1 inch lap. Place on greased cookie sheet with folded side down in a horseshoe shape. Do the same with the other half of dough. Place opposite the first piece so it forms an oval. Pinch the ends of dough together. Let rise until double in bulk.

          Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with sugar icing while hot. Yields about 14 servings.

          Filling: 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 cup finely chopped apples and 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans. Sprinkle sugar, then apples and nuts. For icing, mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla together until ingredients are of spreading consistency.

          Note: Filling is also good with raisins, apricots or dates. Cinnamon may also be added.

        3. My Danish MIL gave me the cookbook Scandinavian Coking by Beatrice Ojakangas. It is great. She made us the kringle recipe from it and it is awesome. If you don't want to get the book, I could also post my MIL's family recipe. If you are at all into Scandinavian cooking in general I'd recommend it. Lots of good recipes.

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          1. re: Procrastibaker

            If you are willing to post your MIL's family recipe, I would appreciate it! Thanks!

            1. re: Non Cognomina

              Finally, here it is:
              2 c. sifted AP flour
              1/2 t. salt
              1 T sugar
              1c. butter, room temp
              1 pkg yeast
              1/4 c. warm water
              1/4 c. cold milk
              1 egg, beaten
              sift flour with salt and sugar. blend in butter, add yeast softened in the warm water. add milk to the beaten egg. add to flour mix and stir with fork to dampen the flour. cover and refrigerate overnight. prepare filling before shaping kringle.divide dough into 2 parts,keep one in fridgewhile preparing the other. roll dough to an 18x16 rectangle. spread 3" lengthwise center strip with filling of your choice. fold over one side of dough then the other to cover filling completely. place on baking sheet in pretzel shape. cover an dlet rise 1 hr. or until dough is no long cold and dent remains when touched. bake at 325 for 25 min.

              My MIL often does a fruit filling-- usually raspberry actually from a can.

            2. re: Procrastibaker

              Ojakangas is a great cook but her Danish recipes are off. Proof is that her kringle does not involve layering the butter. Plus no recipe for klejner! What Dane ever heard of Christmas without klejner!?

            3. There's a good recipe here:

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

              The recipe is from O&H Bakery in Racine, WI. I've tasted the O&H Bakery's famous Kringle (my sister works in Racine and sends them to me) and they are excellent.

              1. Wow, I have to make a Danish dish for my daughters class and i chose to make a kringle. I recieved the recipe from my great grandmothers 100 year old cookbook from the danish church in Nebraska. The recipe is identical to the one at whatscookingamerica.net/Bread/Kringle.htm, the recipe i recieved is doubled. Im beging to make it this evening. I hope it turns out for the heritage lunheon at her school.

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                1. re: asherlmt

                  Hope your Kringle turns out nicely. I checked out the link--funny story about Lars Larsen. I'm guessing the use of pecans or walnuts in the recipe is due to their availability in Wisconsin, but am pretty sure almonds are more traditional for Denmark. Interesting that the oval shape is an American adaptation. I'll have to try making it that way. Thanks!

                2. I've been looking for a Kringle recipe as well, for our family's Christmas Eve desert buffet. My problem is opposite: I am finding mostly yeast-based recipes. My mother made a lovely short-dough Kringle, but that recipe is lost in the mists of time. The ripe did not use raisins; just almond paste and sliced almonds, then lightly iced. Does anyone have a reipe to share for something similar?

                  Thanks,
                  Cay

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                  1. re: cayjohan

                    We have a Kringle every year for Christmas, but we call it a Swedish Kringle. I thought maybe it was actually a Danish Kringle with its name changed to reflect our Swedish background, but I guess they actually are slightly different! The one my mom makes has a pastry crust with an almond filling and an almond icing--no raisins or chopped nuts. I don't have access to my mom's actual recipe at the moment, but if you do a search for "Swedish Kringle" online, quite a few come up.

                    1. re: sarahvagaca

                      Thank you so - never thought of switching the nationality. Will give it a try!

                      Cay

                      1. re: cayjohan

                        Here are two that I came across recently, in my search for the flaky yeast kringle, the other day. These are more to what you described.

                        http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Danish-K...
                        http://www.recipezaar.com/136850

                        AnnieG

                      2. re: sarahvagaca

                        I was interested to make this recipe for a Swedish kringle, and was in touch with a Swedish food blogger. She told me that this recipe does not exist in Sweden, and is apparently an invention of Swedish American immigrants. Possibly as an answer to the rival Danish kringle. Interesting bit of kringle trivia.

                      3. re: cayjohan

                        A short pastry version my Danish MIL makes:
                        1 c. flour
                        1 stick butter, softened
                        2 T cold water
                        combine and spread into a 3"x12" oblong on an ungreased baking sheet
                        1 c. hot h2o
                        1 stick butter
                        1 c. flour
                        3 eggs
                        1 T almond extract
                        melt butter in boiling water; add flour and mix well. add eggs one at a time beating well after each. add almond extract. spread over oblong. bake at 425 for 40-50 min. or until golden then ice with the following while hot
                        combine:
                        1 c. 10x sugar
                        2 T soft butter
                        1/2 t. vanilla
                        addmilk until spreading consistency. spread on hot pastry.

                        1. re: Procrastibaker

                          This is the recipe my mom uses, too. The only difference is that she uses almond extract in the icing instead of vanilla. We have it every year on Christmas and it is delicious!!!

                          1. re: Procrastibaker

                            My mom's recipe., exactly, except use almond extract in the frosting.

                            1. re: Procrastibaker

                              I just made this recipe for my Norwegian-American mother for Christmas, however it was off a Norwegian website and is also called Kringle. She says that her mother used to get a "kringle" from a Danish bakery and it was different. In looking at all the recipes on this site, I think there is much similarity between them, except in using yeast and fruit, otherwise. I shaped mine into a figure eight, because it seemed easier and looked as attractive. I also sprinkled sliced almonds on top of glaze. It was delicious! Not to sweet.

                          2. etymology search, inspired by cayjohan:

                            From Wikipedia:
                            "Kringle is a pastry developed in Scandinavia.
                            In Danish and Norwegian the word is kringle, plural kringler; Swedish: kringla, plural kringlor; Icelandic: kringla, plural kringlur; Finnish: rinkeli. The word origins from Old Norse kringla, meaning ring or circle.
                            In Scandinavia kringle denotes the pretzel-like knotted shape rather than the pastry type. Kringles may be made from puff paste (like Danish pastry) or yeast dough, filled with remonce or marzipan and raisins, sprinkled with coarse sugar, nut flakes or iced. Small saltkringler also exist, being the Danish word for pretzels. Kommenskringler are half-hand-sized breads in kringle shape, made from unsweetened yeast dough with caraway seeds. Sukkerkringler are similar, but sprinkled with sugar instead of caraway. Kringles are still popular items in modern Danish bakeries. The kringle symbol is one of the few ancient guild signs still being used and a golden kringle sign is often hung outside bakeries."

                            1. The recipe for the basic dough appears right below but since my mom passed away so did her recipe! I too am on the hunt so that I can make this ..... her recipe had a marzipan type paste on the inside ( middle if you do it in thirds) with almonds then sprinkled with regular sugar and sliced almonds and drizzled with icing sugar on the top ! The part I can't find is the marzipan filling or remonce .... my mom trained as a Danish Chef but never let her secrets pass her lips after she started baking here for "company" in Canada so I am left with no Danish Pastry just memories....... any help would be greatly appreciated emails to kcase@cogeco.ca if you don't wish to join here .... Thanks everyone hopefully we can get a Danish faborites memories cookbook put together with our own resources .... Kirsten

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                              1. re: Bunky390

                                It is easy to make marzipan by grinding almonds in a processor and adding sugar.

                              2. I recently ran across the Allsweet margarine Danish Pastry Booklet from the 1950s posted at http://cookingwithdenay.com/a-dying-art/
                                This is an heirloom recipe created to introduce home makers to margarine. I still make it with butter, because butter rocks!

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                                1. re: cookingwithdenay

                                  my mom had the pastry booklet but I can't seem to find it anywhere on the net ... used your link .... but could not find the recipes..... any chance you can send me the recipes ? I figure my brother's wife threw it out ..... grrrr ..... daughter getting married and surely could use it .... thanks

                                2. Several Christmases later: Cook's Country magazine had what looked to be a very good recipe for kringle in their December issue. Meant to try it but didn't have time. (Now, if it had been a Smorkage recipe, I would have made time for it.)

                                  1. Danish Kringle

                                    My mother grew up in Racine, WI and after marrying my Dad, they rented a flat above a Danish baker. Don't know if you found your perfect recipe yet - see thread is several years old. Here is the recipe he gave her - and it is delicious. I still make some every Christmas.

                                    Danish Kringle (makes 2)

                                    Dough
                                    1 cake yeast
                                    1/4 cup warm water
                                    1 1/2 T sugar
                                    1/2 cup scalded milk, cooled
                                    2 egg yolks, beaten slightly
                                    1/2 cup lard or shortening
                                    2 cups flour
                                    1/2 tsp salt

                                    Dissolve yeast in warm water, add sugar. Add cooled milk and eggs and mix, Cut in lard or butter. Add in flour and salt. Knead dough to nice consistency. Let raise in bowl until doubled in size. Divide dough in half and roll out into a long rectangular shape approximately 6" wide by 24 to 30 inches long.

                                    Beat egg whites until foamy. With knife, spread foam down center of dough only. (not out to edges). Add filling of choice (pie filling or nut mixture below) down center of dough. Fold edges of dough over the filling mixture, then fold up ends so filling will not seep out.

                                    Carefully lift Kringle and place on cookie sheet in a horseshoe shape. Bake at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. Glaze while still warm.

                                    Nut filling:
                                    1 cup nuts (pecan or walnut)
                                    1/2 cup brown sugar
                                    1/2 cup butter
                                    Mix together with hands into a nut paste
                                    Pinch off pieces of paste and place them down center of dough

                                    It's heavenly!

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                                    1. re: ljstrouf

                                      Thank you thank you thank you - will make this this year!!! Grew up around the corner from a Danish bakery, miss their kringle and smorkage to this day.

                                      1. re: ljstrouf

                                        Thank you fir this. My ex-husband grew up in Racine and introduced me to Kringle and I am hooked.