On the eleventh day of our 12 Days of Christmas Desserts,
we are featuring Kringle!
Kringle from O&H Danish Bakery
Wisconsin has a rich history where the kringle is involved and Wisconsin’s bakers know it! While it’s delicious all year round, the holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate this tasty pastry. An authentic Danish kringle has 32 layers of flaky dough filled with variety of fruit and/or nut fillings.
A kringle is made by repeatedly folding together butter and flour, then refrigerating the dough which produces the delicate, flaky texture.
Kringle from Sally's Sweet Shoppe
Kringles were first created by Austrian bakers who introduced their method of rolling butter between layers of yeast dough and letting it rest for hours before baking. When Danish bakers in Copenhagen went on strike in 1850, the bakery owners fired them and hired replacements from Austria. Once the Danish bakers returned to their jobs, they continued to make dough the Austrian way.
Kringle from Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe
Originally, kringles were baked in a pretzel shape in Denmark; therefore, outside every bakery in Denmark, you will find a sign with a kringle on it. As legend tells, the reason for this symbol was because when Vienna was besieged by the Turkish Ottoman armies in 1529, local bakers working in the night, gave the city an early warning of the attacking enemy. For this, they were later rewarded by the Pope, with permission to use a crown as part of their kringle guild symbol. For unknown reasons, the guild in Denmark is now the only baker's guild in the world with official authority to display a royal crown as part of their baker's guild trade symbol.
Kringle from Clasen's European Bakery
The kringle recipe was brought over to the United States by Danish immigrants in the late 1800’s. American kringles are hand-rolled from Danish pastry dough that has been rested overnight before shaping, filling, and baking. Many sheets of the flaky dough are layered, then shaped. After filling with fruit, nut, or other flavor combinations, the pastry is baked and iced. The Kringle became the Official State Pastry of Wisconsin in 2013. Racine, Wisconsin has historically been a center of Danish-American culture and kringle making. Many bakers in America adopted the easy-to-serve oval shape instead of the traditional pretzel shape; the oval shape allowed for the kringle to contain more delicious filling!
Kringle from Hill Top Bakery
Kringle fun facts:
- Almond, pecan and raspberry are among the most popular Kringle flavors
- It takes about three days to make a Kringle from start to finish
With 32 flaky layers packed with flavor, you’re sure to add the kringle to your list of holiday must-haves. After all, the kringle has a special place in Wisconsin’s heart.
Find Yule Logs at one of these WBA member bakeries:
Clasen's European Bakery
Hill Top Bakery
Manderfield's Home Bakery
Neat-O's Bake Shoppe
O&H Danish Bakery
Sally's Sweet Shoppe
Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe
To find a WBA Member bakery near you, click here.
Day 10 - Yule Logs