Almond-scented kringle fortifies you on cold days


Kringle, the almond-scented Swedish pastry, evokes cold mornings, warm fires and special occasions. Like the SAT.

Back when college testing was a morning’s lark, not a yearlong slog, our friends crammed into one car for the outing. When we picked up Sarah, her mom offered a platter of kringle.

Crisp bottom, flaky middle, sticky top, it made excellent test preparation. Mrs. Richardson, erudite librarian, applied her icing parsimoniously — a word we would encounter later on the vocab section. Her solicitude, however, was abundant.

———

SWEDISH KRINGLE

Prep: 30 minutes

Bake: 45 minutes

Makes: 24 slices

Pastry A:

1 cup flour

1 pinch salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut up

2 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold water

Pastry B:

4 ounces almond paste

1 cup water

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut up

1 cup flour

3 eggs

1 teaspoon almond extract

Icing:

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons milk or cream

2 tablespoons toasted almond slices

1. Pulse: To make Pastry A, drop flour, salt and butter into the food processor. Pulse several times, until crumbly. Pour in 2-3 tablespoons water; pulse until clumpy.

2. Flatten: Turn out pastry clumps onto a sheet of parchment paper. Divide in half and shape into 2 logs. Roll or pat each log into a thin rectangle, each about 14 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide. Slide parchment onto a baking sheet.

3. Soften: To make Pastry B, swirl almond paste in the food processor 1 minute. Set aside.

4. Boil: In medium saucepan, heat water and butter to an energetic boil. Pull pan off heat. Immediately drop in flour. Use an electric mixer to beat smooth. Beat in almond paste, then eggs — one at a time — then extract.

5. Bake: Spread half of Pastry B over one rectangle of Pastry A, completely covering A. Repeat with second rectangle. Bake at 350 degrees until puffed and golden, about 45 minutes. Cool completely.

6. Ice: To make icing, beat confectioners’ sugar, butter and both extracts together, using an electric mixer. Add enough of the milk or cream to achieve a spreadable icing. Spread half the icing over each cooled kringle. Sprinkle on almonds. Slice crosswise on the diagonal into 1-inch thick strips. Enjoy.

Provenance: I added the almond paste; otherwise this recipe is faithful to the one I got from my friend Sarah Richardson, who got it from her mom, Margaret Richardson, who got it from her mom, Dr. Lois Irwin Richardson, who got it from her friend Sue Nordin. Sue was Swedish.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Austin360 Eats

Megyn Kelly still angry at Jane Fonda, calls her ‘Hanoi Jane’ months after plastic surgery tiff
Megyn Kelly still angry at Jane Fonda, calls her ‘Hanoi Jane’ months after plastic surgery tiff

It seems that neither Megyn Kelly or Jane Fonda has forgotten about that awkward September interview in which Fonda shut Kelly down after the latter asked about possible plastic surgery. >> Read more trending news    In the interview, Kelly asked Fonda about aging and plastic surgery when she and Robert Redford were on &ldquo...
Marilyn Manson crew member arrested in San Antonio
Marilyn Manson crew member arrested in San Antonio

A crew member with Marilyn Manson’s band was arrested early Monday before a concert in San Antonio.  Bexar County jail records show Daniel Fox was arrested at 12:15 a.m. and charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Fox’s bond was set at $800, records show. Fox has been listed as a keyboard player/percussionist for...
SAG Awards: Aziz Ansari is a no-show; ‘Three Billboards’ wins big
SAG Awards: Aziz Ansari is a no-show; ‘Three Billboards’ wins big

For the third time in two weeks, a group of movie and television stars gathered for an award show Sunday night — and quite a few of the same celebrities won again. At the SAG Awards, voted on by members of the Screen Actors Guild, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner. The darkly comedic — and controversial...
‘Jumanji’ rolls along as newcomers beat expectations
‘Jumanji’ rolls along as newcomers beat expectations

Demonstrating the continued drawing power of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” fended off a pair of male-skewing, action-oriented newcomers — “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves” — to top the box office for a third straight week. On a relatively quiet weekend in what is generally...
UPDATE: Texas brewers group forms a PAC to fix state’s ‘broken beer laws’
UPDATE: Texas brewers group forms a PAC to fix state’s ‘broken beer laws’

UPDATE: The Beer Alliance of Texas has a statement in response to CraftPAC’s launch. “Our members continue to support the long established, very workable three tier regulatory system in Texas. We will continue to dialogue with all beverage stakeholders, as we always have, including the craft brewers, as lawmakers update and refresh public...
More Stories