Estonian Kringel

Longest. Week. Ever.

It’s been exhausting, to say the least. I don’t want to bore you all with my school life problems so I’ll keep it short today. 

Never in my life had I studied this much. I haven’t slept for days (I didn’t mean it, it just sort of happened… I know that’s certainly not healthy!), I’ve been living on frozen homemade meals and leftovers and I’ve drank an obscene amount of green tea. I haven’t gone for a proper run for what it feels like years and I’ve injured my leg due to all this stress. I’ve been commenting on Aristotle’s writings instead of all your lovely blogs, and writing essays instead of posts about delicious food.

 


 

Days had never felt this long.

And guess what, the nightmare isn’t over yet.

There’s worse things than this, I know. And I’m glad that I’ll be exams-free in one week (!!!!!!!!). Meanwhile, let’s take advantage of our weekend by dreaming about soft, fluffy, cinnamony, buttery bread.

 

 

This kringel. I fell so hard for it that it was so hard to give away. I almost cried at the thought of letting it go, but guys, it was it or my skinny jeans and I really like my skinny jeans. So, in the end, I was forced to share it.

Though I would have definitely kept it all to myself. Oh, the fluffy goodness of thid! Yeasted breads and buns are my favorite thing to eat, especially when they’re heavy on the cinnamon/vanilla side and there’s brown butter involved. But doesn’t brown butter make everything better? 

a) Yes

b) Yes

c) See answer above.

 

 

Do you guys love midnight baking? I surely do! Still studying on the weekends, the night’s the only time I’ve got left to cook and bake, and that’s what I do. The downside? I’m not able to take pictures until the morning, when the light is decent and stuff. And it’s hard to resist fluffy bread when it’s warm from the oven, oh well.

 

 

Why do you think that the picture is cropped?? I tried to make it look like one of these interesting “out of frame or whatever they’re called” photos, showing just one side of the kringel… But the sad truth is that I actually ate half of it as soon as it came out of the oven.

((Burnt my fingers, but it was worth it. SO worth it))

It was that or taking crappy tungsten pictures and then happily eat the whole kringel and not half of it.

And darn, it was a huge kringel… but I’m pretty positive I would have been able to eat it all on my own. Yeasted breads are my weakness, and that’s a fact.

 

 

So I waited until the sun was in the sky to photograph it. I got terrible pics anyway, but this was so awesome that I simply had to share it with you all… And it looks so festive too! Don’t you think it’s perfect for the season?

I must say that, the kringel is much better freshly baked, but it was so good the day after anyway. Dunk it in warm milk and you have a breakfast worth getting up for… and getting out of the bed is so hard when it’s so cold outside! ((But definitely worthy when it’s this bread what’s on the breakfast table)).

Estonian Kringel
Serves 18
Fluffy, soft Christmas bread full of cinnamon and vanilla flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 600 grams bread flour
  2. 60 grams melted butter (I browned it)
  3. 40 grams fresh yeast (or two sachets dry yeast)
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 1/4 cup sugar
  6. 250 mililiters 2% milk
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the filling
  1. 3 tablespoons light butter (I used homemade)
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
For the glaze
  1. 1 tablespoon light butter
  2. 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons 2% milk
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm milk and let it sit 15 minutes until foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all of the dough ingredients and add yeast mixture when it's ready.
  3. Let it sit 5-10 minutes so the gluten develops and it's easier to knead.
  4. Knead for 10-15 minutes until you're able to form a smooth, elastic ball which springs back when you touch it. I kneaded it by hand, if using a mixer it might take you less time.
  5. Grease a bowl and place ball in it. Cover with a damp towl and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled its volume.
  6. Roll dough into a rectangle and brush it with melted butter. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top and roll it tighly.
  7. Cut log in half length-wise leaving one edge uncut for about 1/2 inch.
  8. Braid the two pieces and pinch the edge together to for a wreath.
  9. Place an oven-safe glass inside the wreath so it keeps its shape in the oven.
  10. Mix warm milk, melted butter and sugar and brush the wreath.
  11. Let it rise covered for 30 minutes more.
  12. Bake at 350F (180ºC) for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
  13. Enjoy warm!
Notes
  1. Browning the butter makes the bread darker in color, but the flavor is better!
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Enjoy your (homework-free, I hope!) weekends! And wish me luck, please! One more week and I’ll be able to focus on cookie baking and switch to full Christmas mode (yay!)

Consuelo 

75 Comments

  • Reply Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods December 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    You are so funny Consuelo! If I had been missing sleep, studying like crazy I would have eaten the whole thing!! Breads are my weakness and I don’t think I’d be able to resist this Kringel! Looks delicious!! Happy Studying 😀

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      I should have done it though 😉 Thank you! x

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry December 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    This kringle is worth every once of sleep missed! At least in my opinion. Good luck with the last week of exams.

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you so much Nicole! :–)

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes December 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    first, this recipe is beautiful!! seriously this is craftsmanship, I am beyond impressed!

    I’ve been giving away more and more of my sweet treats recently too – me and my skinnies got in a fight for awhile, but we’re back together again :)

    and I remember those all nighters so vividly – believe it or not, one day you will think back on them fondly :) good luck with exams chick!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you Christine! You’re so sweet ;–)

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    these pics are NOT terrible at all!!! I love it!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Awwh thanks!

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker December 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Gosh, this is ‘right up my street’, I love sweet dough and this Kringle looks divine! I am loving the brown butter element, I have never considered that in a sweet dough. I will definitely give this a try. Ha! I’m not so much of a midnight baker but an early morning baker – before my kids rise. Yes, something wonderful about baking in a peaceful kitchen. Good luck with the remaining exams :-)

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Oh you should give brown butter a try then ;–) Thank you so much, Jo!

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life December 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Ug, exams … fun #not. But this bread, oh my goodness, yeasted breads are my biggest weakness as well. Haha, me and my skinnies are always in a fight! This would be worth it though. Looks and sounds amazing! P.S. Don’t sweat the commenting – I will keep coming to your blog!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Aren’t breads the best thing ever? ;–)
      It’s not that I worry about the lack of comments, but the fact that I really really like reading blogs and commenting and I miss it when I don’t have the time to do so! x

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Your photos are not terrible, they’re still gorgeous! And this bread looks so yummy. You’re so funny re the “half cropped” haha I’ve definitely done that before! Re exams, I’m a student too and I know the horrors :( I hate hate hate exam season. In law school we don’t have it until end of year but then it’s 2 exams in one and I swear the stress is horrendous. I have a lot of assignments due now which are also driving me up the wall so I sympathise with you greatly! Good luck and I hope it’s over soon!! I hate that it takes away from exercise time too! UGH! But at least you had this bread to comfort you! My skinnies currently hate me…

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Aww thank you so much! Good luck to you too, Jessica! I hope you do well 😀

  • Reply Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    This looks like dreamy, fluffy heaven, Consuelo! Yeast breads are totally my weakness, too!

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks Georgia! : )

  • Reply Laurel y Menta December 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Consuelo, enhorabuena por este maravilloso kringel: te ha salido precioso!!! Y las fotos son divinas!!!
    Nos podemos imaginar el aroma a canela y vainilla, madre mía, qué delicia…
    Y ánimo que ya falta poco, mucha suerte en los exámenes que te quedan!!
    Besitos.

    • Reply Consuelo December 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      ¡Gracias, chicas! Me alegro de que os guste :)
      Besitos.

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 14, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Consuelo! And with browned butter? Yum!! Good luck with exams. You are almost there!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Thanks Christin! x

  • Reply Kumar's Kitchen December 14, 2013 at 2:21 am

    oh you come up with such gorgeous baked treats even while it is exam time…we could have never done that…Bravo & take care

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

      Thanks Kumar! x

  • Reply Kelly December 14, 2013 at 3:30 am

    This looks amazing and I love that you used brown butter:) Your pictures are gorgeous as always girl, makes me want to reach in and grab a piece of the other half that’s left;). Good luck with exams, you’re so close and I know you’ll do well:)

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Awwh thank you so much Kelly! x

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 14, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Good luck with all your studying, Consuelo! You are so close to the finish line. I’m glad that you shared this kringel with us because this looks like the perfect way to start the day!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

      It is 😉 Thank you!

  • Reply Monica December 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I can see how you would have to sneak bites of this kringel, Consuelo! I love your use of brown butter. You’re inspiring me to use it more often in baking! Good luck with wrapping up all your exams. Amazing how you make all these wonderful things and maintain the blog while juggling school and all that goes with it.

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Aw thank you so much, Monica! ; )

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment December 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I have never heard of Estonian Kringle but it looks and sounds fabulous! I love all the flavors you have going on, and I can’t blame you for stealing some before you could snap the pics! Good luck with your exams, dear!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:05 am

      It is ; ) Thank you! x

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} December 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Oh God, I hate those busy weeks. I really feel sorry for you!
    I’m happy it is weekend so you could share this lovely recipe though 😉 Haha
    Enjoy your weekend! You’ve deserved it

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Thank you so much Josefine! x

  • Reply Yeste Lima December 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Oye, eso tiene que estar de muerte, ¿a que sí?… Consuelo….eres un regalito.

    Que todo te vaya bien en los estudios.

    Besos apretaos

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Rico, rico ; )
      Gracias!

  • Reply caileejoy December 15, 2013 at 1:17 am

    This looks so delicious!! YUM!! This would be perfect for Christmas brunch!! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Thanks Cailee Joy! x

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks girl! x

  • Reply Trisha December 15, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Eh I feel you on exams! Studying sucks! Hope the rest of yours go well. And this bread is beautiful!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you so much Trisha! x

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you Trisha!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com December 15, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Oh Consuelo, so sorry to hear it’s been a bad week! I can’t believe you’re still posting and commenting when under so much pressure and on no sleep! That is amazing–and so is this gorgeous kringle!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      I guess it helps me cope with stress 😉 Thank you! x

  • Reply Amy @ Swiss Miss in the Kitchen December 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    keep on girl!! I hope you are soon done with your exams! This Kringel looks so good!!! Yeasted sweet dough and cinnamon? You totally have me :) Lovely post dear!!
    xox Amy

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! :) x

  • Reply Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch December 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Oh my goodness this Kringel looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I’m so glad I’m not the only food blogger trying to take pictures of half eaten food <3 If it's not me it's the kids and sometimes I have to remake it to get a picture. Self controls obviously low in our house!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      That happens here all the time ; ) Thanks Serena! x

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Sorry to hear you had such a long and tiring week, I’m hoping you’ll be able to plop your feet up soon, grab a soft blanket and eat some of this yummy treat!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      So do I, thank you Pamela! x

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon December 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Holy moly this looks so good! I’ve fallen in love with all the baked cakes and pastries while traveling in europe. I’m going to roll off the plane! And make this bread that’s for sure :) good luck with your exams!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      Hahaha thank you so much! 😀

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    What a beautiful Kringel Consuelo! And you photographed it beautifully! Sorry to hear you had a rough week! Hope you’ll be able to kick off your shoes and snuggle underneath a warm blanket and relax with a glass of wine! :)

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      So do I, Anne, so do I! ; ) Thank you!

  • Reply blahnikbaker December 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Good luck with exams. Having a slice or two of this will help make things go easier. This is a beautiful estonian kringel!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks Zainab dear! x

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife December 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I say cheers to you for enjoying this bread right out of the oven! Blogging isn’t worth missing the pleasure of fresh, hot homemade bread, especially one this gorgeous. Hang in there!

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I agree ; ) Thanks Erin! x

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth December 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I’m sorry you are so stressed but try to keep in mind that there is an end in sight!

    I don’t blame you for eating half of this before shooting it- it looks amazing! Seriously Consuelo, you have skills in the kitchen! It’s beautiful and I’m sure it tastes even better.

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Sarah! Your comment made my day ; )

  • Reply bakerbynature December 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Omg… you saved me some, right?!

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      haha do you think there’s any of it left ; )

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven December 16, 2013 at 3:32 am

    midnight baking happens far too frequently! I’ve never heard of kringle but there is no reason why I wouldn’t love this! Looks so delish. Hope your weekend was more relaxing than your week!

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      It was, thank you! x

  • Reply Johlene December 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Hi there! I´ve seen a few post throughout the years of this Kringle but I´ve never made it..looks complicated but really really delicious! I´ll have to try to make it……. Xx

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      It’s not hard to make, actually 😉 Thank you! x

  • Reply Joanne December 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Exams are one thing I definitely do NOT miss about school! Good luck chica! And try to get some sleep!! This loaf is beee-aaa-uuutifullll!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      haha thank you so much Joanne! x

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Consuelo – you captured your Kringle so well! Your photos are so awesome they have me drooling! Kringel has been a fav of mine but I have never made it – you make it seem so easy! Wish your exams and studying was as easy as you make this kringel out to be.
    Good luck lady – all the studying will be so worth it one day :)

    • Reply Consuelo December 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      It’s quite easy actually! Aww thank you so so much, Shashi! :)

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen December 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

    mmm I love yeasted breads too! This one looks gorgeous! Keep your head up Consuelo it will all be over soon :-) Good luck with it all, and remeber to sleep

    • Reply Consuelo December 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      So soon indeed! Thank you very mcuh Claire! xo

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner December 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve never heard of a kringel, but I’m a sucker for a sweet bread! This looks so yumaaay. :)

    • Reply Consuelo December 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      So am I! Thank you Tina! x

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments December 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I’m so sorry life is crazy for you right now, but I’m so impressed you keep up with your blog so well. I’m having such a hard time balancing my time with school, workouts, family, and blogging! I’m also looking forward to being out on Christmas break — here’s to us being on break soon, Consuelo! This kringel looks so delicious with that warm cinnamon swirl! I would love a slice for breakfast right now. Pinning!

    • Reply Consuelo December 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Ooh, it’s got quite hectic for me, but I really like all that I do, so I guess I’ll have to go on! ; ) Thank you so much Marcie! x

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