In all of our travels, we often get upset on the sameness of things. We see the same restaurants, hotels, and attractions almost everywhere. Differences in food is rare, too. Lord knows, we seen Philly cheese steaks hundreds of miles away from Philadelphia.
A recent trip to Racine, Wisconsin made us feel good again. We discovered the Kringle!
The Kringle was designated to be the official Wisconsin state pastry by law in June 2013! Yes, this is a big deal. We found out that Racine, Wisconsin is the Epi-center of kringle goodness.
The kringle is an oval pastry brought over to America by Danish immigrants in the mid-1800’s. It began life as a more pretzel shape, but changed – over time – to allow fillings with different flavors.
Today’s kringle has some 32 layers of flaky pastry with filings ranging from pecan, almond, raspberry, cherry, apple, strawberry and more.
It takes a few days to make a kringle. This is due to the time needed to toss the butter and flour as well as the time required to let it rest between work. We have heard that three days is a normal time.
The Danes brought this delightful pastry to America’s shore, but the name seems to come from slang for seamen’s knots on their sailing ships! Given that the original kringle was pretzel shaped, that makes sense.
Once one adds the frosting on top, this becomes a rich breakfast treat! One worth searching out. In fact mail order is available from many local expert Wisconsin producers of this treat.
We also figured out why almost any breakfast pastry is referred to as a “danish”. These Danish immigrants brought their tasty treats over here, and we just called anything that seems like theirs by the same name.