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Oslo Kringle


Would you believe that some people are actually calling this Norwegian kringle, a Danish Kringle and even just Kringla? :=) OH, well, I believe it has so many names because it is such a yummy dessert.

Please forgive the Norwegians, they will most likely call it Oslokringle, and the folks in Copenhagen call it Danish Kringle, and I don't blame them one bit this kringle is so delightful. You will notice that in the Norwegian language, words are combined together into l o n g words unlike in the "Kings English".

No matter what you call it, Oslokringle is amazingly easy to make and after baking it a couple of times, you'll have our beloved Scandinavian kringle recipe memorized.

Main Ingredients:
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup flour
1-2 tablespoons cold water

Preparation:
Place flour and butter and salt into a bowl
Use two forks to mix
Add cold water gradually to make a soft dough
Roll dough into a thick rope

Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet

Form the rope into a shape of a B or a Pretzel.
Flatten the "pretzel" and make it 3" wide. This will make room for the topping.

Ingredients for the Topping:
½ cup butter
1 cup water
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
½ teaspoon almond extract

Prepare Topping:
Heat butter and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil.

Add flour and salt gradually stirring constantly to prevent sticking. Use a hand mixer until you have the consistency of one big lump of dough in the center of the pan. Take the pan off the burner and cool the dough.

Add 2 unbeaten eggs gradually while stirring vigorously. Lastly, whisk ½ teaspoon almond extract with the last egg and incorporate it into the topping.

Place the topping evenly over the cake while it is warm and still on the cookie sheet.

Bake at 350°F. (180°C.) for 55–65 minutes.

Frosting:
1 tablespoon butter
¾ cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream.
1 teaspoon almond extract.
1/4 cup (more or less) slivered almonds - lightly toasted

Mix the ingredients together, apply the frosting and top it with the lightly toasted slivered almonds while the Oslokringle - OK call it Danish Kringle if you want, is still slightly warm.

Now you can serve your delicious homemade Kringle to your family and guests. ENJOY!

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