Christmas Kringler

So, the holidays have come and gone.  I should have posted this recipe a month ago BEFORE the holidays.  But, you see, I am just not always that on top of things.  Alas, the time must be right because this is when this post is taking place.  Now.  When I can think clearly and reflect on the wondrous creation that is Christmas Kringler, with nary a thought of gift wrapping or cookie baking to be found in my over-stimulated brain.

Kringler is a Scandinavian pastry and is, hands down, my all time favorite thing in the whole wide world.  It holds deep childhood memories for me, as it was tradition for my own dear mom to grace us with this delightful confection on Christmas morning.  My grandma made it for my mom, and my great-grandmother made it for my grandma.  I’m not exactly sure where the legacy begins.  I just know I love it and never want it to end.  So, I continue the legacy with my sweet family.  Kringler also contains the very same almond extract that always makes my heart go pitter-patter.  Oh almond extract!  Divine.  Delightful.  And did I mention that it’s IN the Kringler?  AND in the frosting?   Be still, my beating heart.  Without further ado, I introduce you to the renowned and glorious Christmas Kringler.

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Read through all directions before beginning, as there are three parts to the process.

But don’t be afraid.  It’s all very basic.  And DIVINE.

Kringler Recipe

 

 

 

I like to enlist my husband to help with the mixing in of the eggs (one at a time) portion.  It gives him the satisfaction of helping and saves my arm from the heavy stirring.

I have also used milk when I did not have any cream and it works just fine for the frosting.

We even shared this with friends once as dessert.  Although, usually it holds its sacred spot of December 25th.

I invite you to try this recipe and if it feels right, to add it to your Christmas morning tradition.

Happy 2014!

P.S.  If you get the urge for Kringler throughout the year, try these Almond Meltaway Cookies.

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Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Recently I came across these words: Starbuck’s Iced Lemon Pound Cake. 

Jenny Flake from Picky Palate pretty much had me at ‘Starbuck’s’.  You see, this is a word that evokes the simple comfort I receive in a delightful cup of coffee.  A single five spot magically conjures happiness, joy, and delight in the small things.  Yes, I do love a good Starbuck’s now and again.  I say this in my oh-so-nonchalant voice.  The real truth is a Grande Skinny Caramel Machiatto will completely make my day.  It will drown out a whiny three year old in the backseat.  It will bring me to the streets of Paris for a moment, long enough to cause me to feel a romantic swoon.  Yes, I am still speaking of my coffee.  You see, it’s THAT good.

I also have a teeny tiny thing for lemon.  I’m not over the top about it.  I just enjoy a good lemon flavored treat now and again.  Something about lemon radiates sunshine and rainbows for me.  I am trying to be non-chalant here too.  I have been known to eat entire pans of lemon bars.  Please don’t judge me.

Based on all this, you can imagine my squeals of delight when I spied this copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Iced Lemon Pound Cake.

Tiny bells of joy rang inside of me.  My mouth began to salivate ever so slightly. 

I have also been eyeing up these so-cute mini loaf pans and finally decided that they must be mine.

What do you think happened next?

Pound Cake.  Mini-loaf pans.  Hmmm…

Definitely worth a go. 

Now, don’t get me wrong.  If you have a chance to indulge at a real Starbuck’s, by all means do so.

Their coffee is top notch.  Their lemon pound cake is divine.

But if you feel like creating a little slice of heaven at home, you could make this luscious cake.

You could also share it with friends like I did.  You see, if I didn’t share, I might be inclined to eat all of it.

That can’t happen because I really don’t want to weigh more than I already do.  Plus, I like to share. 

I’ll even share the printable version with you. 

Lemon Love,

French Breakfast Puffs

I had the great pleasure of spending Saturday morning with my right hand dipped in butter and my left hand dipped in cinnamon and sugar. As far as Saturday mornings go, it was a good one. The end result was these beautiful French Breakfast Puffs.

The puffs begin their lives as gorgeous muffins with a hint of nutmeg.

Then, once they have the pleasure of bathing in a butter bath and lounging in cinnamon and sugar, they are transformed into the sweetest creations. Simple. Perfect. Delicious.

My breakfast puffs were joined by greek yogurt and strawberries drizzled with honey. It was the perfect Saturday morning breakfast. Kids and hubby loved them too! Maybe next Saturday will find you with butter on one hand and cinnamon and sugar on the other?

Bon Appétit-

French Breakfast Puffs

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Flour3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ⅔ cups Shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1-½ cup Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 sticks Butter

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.

In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a different bowl, cream together 1 cup sugar and shortening. Then add eggs and mix again. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.

Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

In a bowl, melt 2 sticks butter. In a separate bowl combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Dip baked muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Printable Recipe

Thank you to Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman for another great recipe!

One Year Ago – another muffin option and an amazing sandwich.