Kringle! The Danish Pretzel – a sugar/butter filled dough adventure!

There is no good way to translate this baked good. According to Google Translate, it is called a Pretzel. But it is NOT! As far as I am aware, a pretzel is a dry salty cracker-like thing. This is only called by the same name because you have the option to shape this goodness just like a pretzel.

This should be called a “Kringle” instead. Cause that is the Danish name. And a Kringle is my all time favorite cake. It has a yeast based dough and is filled with a sugar/butter remonce and shredded apples. It is DIVINE!Kringle

Ingredients:

For the Dough
2 dl milk.
2 pck yeast
600 g flour
200 g margarine (room temperature)
2 spsk sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggsIngredients for Kringle

For the Remonce and filling
200 g butter (room temperature)
200 g sugar
2 spsk flour

3 apples
60 g Raisins
1½ tsp Cinnamon

For garnish
Sugar and almonds (optional)Ingredients for remonce and filling

Instructions:

  1. Heat up the milk to a pinky-temperature to dissolve the yeast.
  2. Now add the rest of the dough-ingredients and combine.Dough for Kringle
  3. Let the dough rise to double the size (about 20 minutes)
  4. While waiting combine the butter, flour and sugar for the remonce and shred the apples.
  5. Split the dough in 3 equals for 3 rods of Kringle
  6. Roll every dough into a 15 cm x 40 cm rectangular (Adjust so it fits your baking sheet, mine was 38 cm so I went for 40) (6×15 inches)
  7. Down the middle of this dough you put a third of the remonce and apple, raisins and cinnamon.How to make Kringle
  8. Fold the ends in and then the sides, close with your fingertips.
  9. Place on a baking sheet to raise for 20 minutes.
  10. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sugar, and if you want it chopped almonds.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes at 220° C /425° FKringle in the oven

This is a very easy cake to make in my opinion. The dough is easy to work with, and if you make sure the butter is at room temperature, you will have no problem what so ever. But it does take a few pictures to understand this recipe, so I have made a bunch of those to help you baking this, and I hope that will be helpful.

Now, about the yeast – you should feel free to use your dry-packaged yeast if that is what is normal in your country. I have heard that one 50 gram package of yeast in Denmark is equivalent to the 12 grams of dry yeast you get elsewhere. But as long as you use 2 packages, I don’t think it will make a huge difference as long as you allow the dough to rise to double size.

Calories (Oh no)

Now, when I eat cake, I don’t want to think about the calories, but the fact is: Cake is not healthy – not at all. There is about 290 calories pr 100 grams of baked Kringle when you follow this recipe, and that quickly adds up. In my Kringle, 100 gram was a slice of 2,5 inches so maybe you shouldn’t have two pieces at a time. OR maybe you should – cause this thing is worth the calories. I promise! And who knows – maybe I’ll go for a run tomorrow – or maybe I won’t. I’m still gonna have my cake.

Frozen Yogurt

This is the time for Frozen Yogurt – right? Well this morning we build a snowman and then we stayed in being warm and fuzzy. Yeah, I’ll admit it is not really the season for Frozen Yogurt, but I wanted to start testing recipes early this year, so I would have the perfect recipe on the day that summer arrives!

Frozen yogurtNow I have always liked lemon in everything. I love the Tart au Citron – the french lemon tart with meringue, Lemon curd goes well with basically everything and I could continue.

This is a work in progress I will tell you!

But that also means I will update this post with new fine-tuning and exiting flavor combinations all the time up until we get bare-foot weather in Denmark! And that can be a while!

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Apple Pie!

It might seem like it’s not a big deal – but it is. I have made my very first apple pie. In Denmark people like pear pies a lot. Everybody has had pear pie and sour cream much more than once in their life. But apple pie is not so common. Actually most people I know have never even tasted it.

Challenge accepted! I have got to bake it! And so began hours and hours of research to find the perfect recipe. I looked for weeks around Pinterest, Youtube and all my favourite blogs. I didn’t find one recipe that I trusted a hundred percent so I made my own.

That was a great decision and I have never gotten so much praise on anything I’ve baked. In my opinion it turned out perfect. But then again – it was my first apple pie ever so I don’t really know, do I?

apple pie

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Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins!

Right when I started my new job I was trying out new easy to-go breakfast alternatives. I get up at 6 a.m. so I need something that I can bring to work and eat at 8.30. That means it’s muffintime!

So we are back to the health issue. All the recipes I seemed to stumble upon were filled with honey, flour or sugar. No offense but I have the American people suspected for using a lot more sugar in everything than we Danes are used to. In general we don’t like food that is to sweet. Since Denmark is a small country with ocean all around everyone lives less than 50 miles/90 km from the ocean. It’s a common understanding, that living so close to the ocean has made us salt-lovers. A lot of Danes add salt to their food without tasting it first and we often think cakes and stuff from other countries are way to sweet. In fact it is such a problem in Denmark that political campaign for reducing the salt intake are just as normal as the ones telling us to eat less sugar. So that’s a bit of Danish culture for you right here.

So obviously I wanted something that was a lot closer to oatmeal in a muffinshape than a Turkish delight. Finally I stumpled upon this this recipe and it looked close to what I had in mind. I tried it – then I altered it – and then I tried a thousand different variations! Now I have my breakfast to-go and I couldn’t be happier.

Healthy breakfast

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Banana & Egg Pancakes!

I know this has become a complete internet classic! But I too have my very own take on the healthy pancake era, and I’ll share it with you today! Why? Because I love pancakes!

My Husband and I used to buy these great pancakes at the supermarket. They were super fatty and unhealthy, and they tasted like a dream! After a minute in the micro you’d get two minutes in food-heaven.

Then I started dieting – oh how that changed everything. So now the crappy delicious pancakes are gone and the banana pancakes are all in!

I have looked at a bunch of recipes and tried a lot of different things, and I’ll talk all about that at the bottom of this post.

Pancakes with eggs and banana

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