A few days ago we saw the unpronounceable Central European Gugelhupf and now we are going to see another typical sweet from Estonia that is also consumed for Christmas. It is the Kringle, a cinnamon braid that looks shocking but even easier to do than the Gugelhupf.
1 leaf puff pastry
6 tablespoons cinnamon powder
8 tablespoons butter
10 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons almond flour
First we preheat the oven to 200 degrees (392 F). Then we take the butter to the point of ointment - neither liquid nor solid, 10 seconds of microwave at the lowest power - and mix it with the sugar and cinnamon powder until it is well homogeneous.
We spread the puff pastry and cover it with half of the mixture we just made. On it we sprinkle the ground almond. Now we must roll up the dough until we get a kind of roll.
And now comes the trick to get the look we see in the picture at the top of this article. Cut the roll lengthwise, leaving a piece joined, and with the halves separated we make a braid that we put together at the end again, creating a kind of tortel.
Now we paint the exterior of the Kringle with the rest of the butter and bake 20 minutes. Isn't it easy? And the look, really impressive.
Sometimes meals are eaten by the appearance they have. If you are not convinced about the cinnamon filling you can do it with chocolate syrup, jam, custard etc. Whatever it is, with the presentation in the form of braid you will awaken "ohs" and "ahs" so place it on the table. Many will wonder how you have obtained the striated drawing of the puff pastry and you see that it is not as difficult as it seems.