Estonian Kringel - Braided Cinnamon Bread

June 25, 2016
1 Ratings
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  • Serves 6
Author Notes

This recipe was not invented by me. Find the link to original recipe on a blog here. —Sophie

What You'll Need
  • The Dough
  • The Filling
  1. Mix the lukewarm milk along with the yeast, sugar, melted butter and the egg yolk, and leave it for 10 minutes to activate and bubble.
  2. Place the sifted flour and the sea salt into the mixing bowl, then knead the dough and shape into a ball.
  3. Put the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling-film and set aside in a warm place, and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C (about 400° Fahrenheit).
  5. Whisk together the butter with sugar and cinnamon for the filling.
  6. Dust your work surface with flour, and roll the dough out to a rectangle of about 20x30 cm or so, with a thickness of 1cm.
  7. Spread on top 3/4 of the cinnamon filling, leaving 1 good teaspoon, for brushing at the end.
  8. Roll up the dough, and using a knife, cut the log in half length-wise, leaving one edge uncut for a few cm.
  9. Twist the two halves together, keeping the open layers exposed as described in the photo tutorial.
  10. Give it a round shape, then transfer to a baking tray (buttered or covered with cookie sheet).
  11. Brush with the remaining cinnamon/butter mixture.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Drop the heat for the last 10 minutes to 180°C (350° Fahrenheit).
  13. Optional: Sprinkle some icing sugar or with some lemon glaze.

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4 Reviews

Beth V. May 18, 2023
Where are the ingredients, please??
Camille L. December 25, 2018
The ingredients seem to have disappeared! In my family we just call this a cinnamon braided bread. Or just braid because we fill it with whatever we have in hand: apples in caramel, cranberries and apricots, nuts and chocolate... Was a good recipe and would love to get back the list of ingredients. Maybe update the name?
Kadi R. December 18, 2017
This is NOT an Estonian kringel! Before posting a traditional recipe and insulting a whole culture, do your research!
Estonian kringel includes these ingredients: saffron, cardamom, raisins.... none of which are in this recipe.
Estonian kringel is BRAIDED and shaped like a pretzel... looks nothing like this.
What you have posted here is a very basic easy cinnamon coffee cake.... a kringel is much more complex and takes 5-6 hours to make.
Jan C. October 12, 2020
Kadi R., Show us your recipe then sweetheart!!