Estonian Kringel - Braided Cinnamon Bread

June 25, 2016

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

Serves: 6


The Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

The Filling

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4-5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
In This Recipe


  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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Kadi R. December 18, 2017
This is NOT an Estonian kringel! Before posting a traditional recipe and insulting a whole culture, do your research!<br />Estonian kringel includes these ingredients: saffron, cardamom, raisins.... none of which are in this recipe.<br />Estonian kringel is BRAIDED and shaped like a pretzel... looks nothing like this. <br />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.