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Kringle: cinnamon bread

Hi all!,
I hope you are enjoying the holidays and I hope this recipe a good help to keep on enjoying even more.
Today a simple but very special recipe to celebrate ‘The three kings day’ (or the Three Wise Men) that every 6th of january everybody celebrates in Spain. A nice twist to the tradicional sweet bread (rosco); it fits perfectly as an accompaniment as we open our gifts (or just enjoy during any cold winter evening to share with friends or family).
The kringle bread (kringle means ring or crown) is a popular sweet bread from Scandinavia, normally filled with cinnamon and raisins, but you can also add nuts, chocolate chips…
If you like to follow the Spanish tradition, you could hide a bean inside the bread while you are making it, and the person that finds the bean will have to pay the treat; and secondly, you could hide a small surprise (figurine) and the person who finds it will be crowned as a king or queen of the house.
This time I really like to mix this tradition with a Scandinavian recipe 🙂
Here I present you my version of the kringle, I hope you like it.
Here we go:
Ingredients for the dough:
30 g of butter at room temperature
15 g of yeast
300 g of flour
1 egg yolk
30 g of sugar
120 ml of warm milk
1 pinch of salt
Zest of one lemon
Ingredients for the filling:
2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
60 g of sugar
50 g of butter
A handful of chopped walnuts (optional)
A handful of raisins
1 pinch of ground ginger
1º) Put the flour in a bowl and add the sugar, milk, yeast, butter, lemon zest, pinch of salt and the egg yolk.
Slowly mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth and elastic dough. Then we make a ball with the dough, put it in a bowl and cover it with a clean cloth; place it in a warm place until you see that it has doubled in size.
2º) Once our dough has grown, stretch the dough on the working table with a rolling pin and form a rectangle.
To make the filling, heat the sugar in a pan at low temperature until it melts, then add the butter, take it off the fire and add the rest of the ingredients: cinnamon,ginger, nuts and raisins.
So when we eat the bread, the sugar is melted and the bite will not have a gritty filling; but if you prefer, you can mix all the ingredients and the melted butter without melting the sugar; it will be just as good.
Extend the filling over the dough with a brush or spatula.
3º) Now start rolling the dough on the longer side, so you will get a tube. Cut open one side but leave one end intact like you see in the next pictures.

Take the two ends and start to make the braid; make a circle and paste the ends well to make it pretty. Cover again with a clean cloth and let it rest (already in the oven tray) for about 1 hour.

4º) Preheat the oven at 180º C and bake for 30-35 minutes. If you like you can decorate with icing sugar, almonds or candied fruit; although I think it´s very nice just without decorating.
Now, eat and enjoy!!!
You can decorate with icing sugar