Cinnamon-Cardamom Kringel Bread

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Author Notes: The kringel is a celebration loaf from Estonia, Northern Europe. I love the technique for forming the loaf. Essentially, you roll up a cinnamon roll dough, slice the dough tube in half lengthways instead of into slices, and weave the two strands into a ring. This creates a lovely shape as it bakes and each layer rises. Poires au Chocolat

Makes 1 loaf

For the dough:

  • 250 milliliters whole milk
  • 75 grams unsalted butter
  • 450 grams white bread flour
  • 70 grams sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 green cardamon pods
  • 7 grams instant yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 large egg

For the filling:

  • 60 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 40 grams brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  1. Put the milk and butter for the dough into a small pan and heat over medium until the butter has melted, then turn up and bring to the boil and scald. Pour into a bowl and pop into the fridge to cool, which may take some time.
  2. Crush the cardamon pods with the side of a knife and remove the seeds, then finely grind the seeds.
  3. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, cardamon in a mixer bowl and stir. Add the yeast and stir to combine. Beat the egg lightly in a bowl. Then, once the milk in the refrigerator has cooled to body temperature, add it to the bowl along with the egg. Stir until you have a shaggy dough.
  4. Put the bowl on a stand mixer and knead with the dough hook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the dough comes away from the sides and passes the windowpane test. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise for roughly 45 to 75 minutes, until the dough has doubled in size. (You can also leave it in the fridge overnight.)
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 16 x 12-inch (30 x 40-centimeter) rectangle. Beat the soft butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt together with a spoon. Spread the mixture all over the dough.
  6. Roll the dough up from the long side, then use a serrated knife to split it in half lengthways. Transfer to a sheet of baking parchment.
  7. Weave the two strands together with the cut side up. Bring the ends together, then weave together to make a ring and press the two loose ends together.
  8. Cover with cling film and leave to rise for about 30 minutes until puffy -- if you press it with a finger, it should make a dent. (You can also place into the fridge overnight to rise slowly -- take out to warm up ten minutes before baking.)
  9. While it rises, preheat the oven to 350° F (180 °C). Use the parchment to shift the ring onto a tray.
  10. Put into the oven and bake for ten minutes, then reduce the temperature to 320° F (160° C). Bake for 30 to 40 minutes more until the ring has risen, turned a deep brown, and sounds hollow when knocked.
  11. Remove to a wire rack to cool. The kringle is best eaten the day it is baked, but it toasts and freezes well if you happen to resist consuming the whole thing in one sitting.
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7 months ago taikobaker

A dull knife and hot kitchen resulted in a panicked rush to weave the bread and total dismay while watching part of the filling run out once it was in the oven. However, the aroma was amazing and the crumb was moist and tender. It was a fantastic Easter morning treat! No cardamom pods, so I used 1/2 tsp, but will use a little more next time. Mahalo (thank you) for the weight measurements. An inexpensive scale is a baker's boon!

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8 months ago Amanda at Striped Spatula

What beautiful bread! I've been looking for a good recipe to use the cardamom pods I recently purchased at my local spice shop. Can't wait to make it!

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

I love the little pods - the smell is amazing when you smash them open and grind the seeds. Hope you enjoy it if you try it!

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8 months ago michelle

Wow! That bread looks incredible I can't wait to try it. On a side note: I love that the recipe is in grams (a mass based measurement). US customary measurements are a mess. To each their own, I suppose.

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

I'm glad you like it - and that you like the grams!

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8 months ago Joanrich

Thanks. i see what you mean about twist and connect. I thought that is what you described, but these photos really helped.

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

I'm glad it made it clearer - it's not too difficult when you get your head around which ones to connect :)

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8 months ago LakeladyP

Grams? Really? I would love to make this, but when I tried to translate into measurements that we normally use, it was an impossible task. It's a shame, as I would love to make this. How about in the future you give us an option?

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

I'm sorry about that, I'm British and find the cups system extremely confusing (as you say, it's an impossible task, especially as every conversion table seems to be different).

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8 months ago LakeladyP

I do have a scale, and it might give me grams (not something that I had checked) so it may be easier than I thought to use your units of measure. So many on this site are in grams, so I wonder...is this a British site? If so, then it's my bad for complaining, lol.

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

It may well do grams - I know my scale can do imperial & metric. Even if it doesn't, it'd be easier to shift to imperial than cups, as they're both weight rather than volume. It isn't a British site but they do ask international people to contribute :)

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8 months ago Ellie Dietrich

A short video of the weaving process would be helpful (hard to visualize - unless it's a simple "twist" and joining the ends together). It's a beautiful looking "loaf".

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

A video is a nice idea - there are more photos on the main article if that helps: http://food52.com/blog...

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8 months ago Ellie Dietrich

These are perfect! Thanks.

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8 months ago Mormor

One cardamom pod is equal to 1/8 tsp. ground.

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

Thanks for your help. I wonder if your pods are bigger than mine, though, as I'm pretty certain that the 10 pods for this are less than 1 and 1/4 tsp - I haven't measured it but I'd say it's less than 1 tsp.

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8 months ago jocelyn

Gentle message from the typo police... it's cardamom, not cardamon ;) Looking forward to trying this beautiful-looking recipe!

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

It's actually a variant spelling, both are correct (for instance: http://www.oxforddictionaries...) I think it might be more common in Europe.

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8 months ago Danielle Gregorio

This looks yummy! Anyway we could get the measurements not in grams? Also, I only have powdered cardamom - what is the measurement if not using pods?

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

Hi - I'm afraid I'm British so I don't deal in cups and didn't want to use some online table when they all seem different with a relatively complex recipe that hadn't been tested in the new measurements. As for the cardamon, I'm not 100% - perhaps 1/2 tsp?

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8 months ago Joanrich

Can you do a step by step to the cutting and twisting, if possible?

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

Hi - there are step by photos on the main post: http://food52.com/blog... Hope that helps.

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8 months ago Sheila 42

Recipe sounds really good. Noticed typo though--should be "cardamom" not cardamon.

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

It's actually a variant spelling, both are correct (for instance: http://www.oxforddictionaries...)

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8 months ago PA-PETE

Cardamom pods may not be available or inconvenient to use. How about translating the amount of cardamom seeds required for the recipe into teaspoons/tablespoons?

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8 months ago Kristan

Pretty please! I live in Alaska and can't always get the pods.

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

Sorry about that, I've never bought ground cardamon so I'm not sure. I think my ground pods would be roughly 1/2 tsp but I've never measured it like that so that's a guess - maybe up to 1 tsp? It's not a huge amount, they're pretty small pods.

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8 months ago QueenSashy

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i love everything about this bread, the cardamom and the cinnamon and most of all the shape!!!

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

I'm glad you like it!

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8 months ago sabrina

this is so beautiful and looks delicious!!

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8 months ago Poires au Chocolat

It tastes like cinnamon rolls, really, with a touch of cardamon - which is definitely a good thing!