Kringle is a favorite bread to serve at Christmas, Easter, anniversary celebrations or any special occasion in Denmark. The bread was developed in the 1800s when Danish bakers went on strike to receive wages rather than just their customary room and board. Bakery owners rebelled and brought in bakers from Austria instead. The Austrian bakers had a unique method of folding light yeast dough with layers of butter to produce a flaky crust. When the strike was finally settled, the Danish bakers were so impressed with the Viennese bread they adopted the technique themselves. Many Danes settled in Wisconsin in the late 1800s and brought with them their craft of making Kringle and other Danish pastries. Originally Kringle was made into a pretzel shape, but customers complained that there wasn't enough filling in the overlapping areas of dough. The current shape was developed in Wisconsin and spread back to Denmark. Note: Don't throw out the egg whites -- all will be used before you finish. Kringle dough is mixed -- not kneaded -- so a bread machine is not recommended. The dough must be made a day ahead and refrigerated overnight. The almond filling is the most traditional, but fruit and nut fillings are gaining popularity.
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