Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 packs Active dry yeast
½ cup Warm water (105-115)
¼ cup Undiluted evaporated milk; room temp
1 teaspoon Freshly ground cardamom (optional)
¼ cup Sugar
3 larges Egg yolks
1 cup Whipping cream
3½ cup All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Salt
¾ cup Unsalted butter; chilled, cut into pieces
1 cup Almond paste
1 cup Finely chopped almonds; pecans, or walnuts
½ cup Confectioner's sugar
1 large Egg white
1 teaspoon Almond extract
1 large Egg white; lightly beaten
\N \N Pearl sugar; coarsely crushed sugar cubes, or granulated sugar for sprinkling
\N \N Sliced almonds or chopped walnuts or pecans, for sprinkling




Make the dough. In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, cardamom, sugar, egg yolks, and whipping cream and blend well; set aside. In a large bowl, or in the work bowl of a food processor with the steel blade in place, combine the flour and salt.

Cut in the butter until the pieces are the size of small kidney beans. If using a food processor, turn into a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture, mixing only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 to

24 hours. Meanwhile prepare the filling of your choice. * To make the nut filling, in a bowl with an electric mixer or a food processor break the almond paste into pieces and blend with the nuts, confectioners' sugar, egg white, and almond extract until well mixed. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, turn out onto lightly floured surface, and dust the dough lightly with flour. Using a rolling pin, pound the dough until smooth and about ½ inch thick. Roll out to make a 24 inch square. Fold the dough into thirds to make a long and narrow strip. With the rolling pin, roll again until about ¼ inch thick and about 36 inches long and 8 inches wide. Spread the filling in a 3 inch strip down the length of the dough..

Overlap the edges of the dough to enclose the filling; pinch the ends to seal. Brush with the egg white to seal the ends and the seam. Brush the entire roll with egg white and coat generously with sugar and nuts on all sides. Lightly grease and flour a baking sheet, or cover with parchment paper. To make the kringle shape, place the roll on a the baking sheet in the shape of a large pretzel. To do this, place the baking sheet horizontally in front of you. Lift the filled roll from both ends firmly and center the middle of the roll onto the baking sheet as if you were forming a circle. Pull the ends of the roll so that they make a cross above the roll, then pull the ends down and tuck the ends under the top part of the roll so that the ends stick out from under the roll. For the horseshoe shapes, cut the filled strip crosswise at the center point to make two strips. Place on two prepared baking sheets and form each strip into a horseshoe. Seal the ends of each horseshoe. Brush with the egg white and sprinkle with the sugar and nuts. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. It will not double. Preheat the oven to 375 Brush the kringle again with the egg white and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.

Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 1 15 inch diameter pretzel or 2 12 inch horseshoes * For anybody interested -- other fillings that I have are for Cranberry, Apricot-Apple, Raisin-Almond, and Prune-Port. Posted to KitMailbox Digest by LJKR@... on Aug 23, 1997

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