June 30, 2013

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Kringle Facts From Real Racine

• Kringle has been a Racine area tradition since Danish immigrants brought the pastry here in the mid-19th century.


• Kringle takes its name from certain knots and cleats in Scandinavian sailing lingo.

 

* Kringle was originally pretzel-shaped.  Racine bakers adopted the easy-to-serve oval shape that contains more delicious filling.


• An authentic Danish Kringle is 32 layers of flaky dough filled with variety of fruit and nut fillings.


• Kringle is made by repeatedly folding together butter and flour, then refrigerating the dough. This produces the delicate, flaky texture.


• It takes about three days to make a Kringle from start to finish.


• Almond, pecan and raspberry are among the most popular Kringle flavors.


• Thousands of Kringles are shipped all over the world – particularly during the November/December holiday season.


• Kringle has been featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel and the “Today Show.”  President Barack Obama took home three kringles (pecan, cherry and cheese) during a June 2010 visit to Racine.

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