Must-Make Christmas Morning Dish: Swedish Kringler!

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Photo: LAURENT FIEVET/Getty Images

Photo: LAURENT FIEVET/Getty Images

There are two must-make recipes in our family for Christmas morning when the whole family gathers.  Without these two dishes, Christmas morning would be a non-starter.

  1. The Egg Dish  (More on this later)
  2. Swedish Kringler

Swedish Kringler is the most delish–and most festive–thing I can think of to put on a Christmassy plate and then devour!   Here’s the recipe.  Make it once and you’ll understand.

CRUST:
1 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. almond extract

PUFF PASTRY:
1 c. water
1/2 c. butter
1 c. flour
4 eggs
1 tbsp. almond extract

FROSTING:
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. almond extract
(We add a little extra butter and a tiny bit of milk to make the frosting extra rich.)

CRUST: Mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup butter, 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon almond extract with pastry blender. Pat into 2 strips each 3 inches wide and length of a large baking sheet. Dip fingers in cold water to spread dough. It will be thin but that is Okay. Heat to boiling, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, add flour, stirring until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add 1 tablespoon almond extract. Spread over pastry, covering all edges of the bottom layer. Bake at 375 degrees until light brown, about 25 to 30 minutes, cool. Frost with powdered sugar frosting as listed. For holidays top with sliced almonds and red cherries. Candied cherries are drier and the best.  We like to add red sugar sprinkles on top of the frosting, too. :)

TIP: DO NOT use an air flow baking sheet as it does not allow crust to get dry and browned as it should be.

YUM!!!  Enjoy….but remember to share!!

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