Who knew you could make Wisconsin Kringle so easily? And to top it off, this Scandinavian coffee cake is amazing! You may have seen these tasty treats at Trader Joe's since they are a real favorite there. But you can also make them yourself at home, and it's pretty easy to learn.
Did you know that the Kringle is Wisconsin's state pastry? Now I wonder if any other states have official pastries! When it comes to flaky pastries, this Danish pastry with nut fillings really takes the cake (hehe). Let's learn more about it and how to make it.
Making a Wisconsin Kringle
Hi. It's Lois, being my Wisconsin self, hungry for Wisconsin Kringle, the perfect breakfast for New Year's Day. This is a delicious selection that can be made with the finest ingredients and baked to golden brown perfection. Start your day with an authentic kringle and a cup of coffee, or enjoy them as a brunch snack with the family.
My stepdaughter Abbi made us some Wisconsin Kringle and wrote up the recipe for us. It was SO good! This is what she had to say:
"I got this recipe from the sister of one of my closest high school friends (Ericka Kreutz - Ericka is an actress in LA). Ericka's sister makes lots of Kringle every year as Christmas gifts. Kringle is a Scandinavian filled pastry that is a favorite in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Try it. You'll love it."
Well, let me tell you, we loved it. It takes a bit of time to make because you have to let it chill for at least 5 hours, but it's worth the wait. Abbi says it turns out better if you use margarine instead of butter so keep that in mind if you decide to make this delicious pastry.
When I lived in Milwaukee, I ate Kringle fairly often. It's hard to get in Virginia, and having a recipe for it makes me happy. Now that I'm eating gluten-free, I make it with gluten-free flour. See Gluten Free Wisconsin Kringle.
I know you're gonna wanna eat this. If you like the almond variety, you'll need some canned almond paste like this:
What You Need
For this recipe, you'll need just a few things:
- mixing bowls
- a food processor or electric mixer
- a rolling pin
- a baking sheet
- parchment paper or a silicone mat
- and some prepared filling, like almond paste
Do yourself a favor and buy the best tools you can afford.
Other Types of Kringles
In addition to the authentic Christmas kringle recipe, you can also add your own variations. Some popular ones are:
- raspberry kringle
- pecan kringle
- almond kringle
You can add brown sugar to your Danish pastry dough and you can also add white icing at the end when it's finished. Add any type of fresh berries you enjoy and even other flavors like chocolate or chocolate mint.
Once you learn the basic recipe, it's easy to start playing with flavors and trying some different things.
Wisconsin Kringle FAQs
Here are some things people commonly ask about these delicious flaky pastries.
How long do kringles stay fresh?
Without freezing, they will stay fresh for about five days.
Can a Danish kringle be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze your kringle for up to four months. It's important to be sure it's sealed properly before freezing.
How do you eat a kringle after freezing?
All you have to do is thaw and eat at room temperature, or you can heat it up if you prefer it that way.
More Baked Recipes You'll Love
- Gluten Free Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Gluten-free kringle
- Don's Homemade English Muffins
- Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin
- Easy Cherry Almond Cake
- Cinnamon Almond Cake
Wisconsin Kringle Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 2 sticks margarine or butter
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 can Prepared filling of your choice Nut or fruit. I used canned almond paste, about 10 ounces, see note below.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup melted butter
Make, Chill, and Roll the Dough
- Cut margarine and flour together with knives, food processor, etc. Add sour cream.
- Chill at least 5 hours or overnight.
- After chilling, divide the dough into three sections (for 3 Kringles) and roll each into a rectangle of about 22" x 9".
Fill the Dough
- Spread filling down the center and fold ends in.
Bake the Dough
- Bake at 350F degrees for 20 to 30 minutes
- Remove when it is golden brown, and it will be delicious.
Cool & Ice the Kringle
- Make and add icing; drizzle it on.
Let Cool Completely
- After icing the Kringle, let it cool completely and when the icing is hard, the Kringles are ready for eating or freezing.
The Kringle pastry freezes really well so this is a good option to make ahead for special events and to give as gifts. (Of course, if you don't freeze them, they will be gone in no time because they are wonderfully delicious and hard to resist!) Note About Butter/Margarine: I've used both margarine and butter. I usually HATE using margarine, but I think the dough is too crispy and flaky with butter. Kringle should have a softness to it so I always go with margarine. And soy margarine doesn't taste as good as Imperial.
Notes About the Dough: It is REALLY sticky. Flour your rolling pin and surface liberally and often. I have never made a round Kringle; the rectangles were just so much easier.
The dough will puff up while it bakes and the folds will separate, but don't worry about that. It's nice to see the filling in the middle. Notes About the Filling: I use filling from a can. Solo, Wilderness, whatever. Buy the pie-filling flavor that you love. One small can will generally fill all three Kringles, but my family loves the filling so I spread it thick and use 2 cans. Once I made up my own filling and that worked out great too. I mixed pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon together (use a recipe for a crumbly topping for any kind of coffee cake).
Recipe Nutrition Information
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