Growing Chefs! Ontario Apple Kringle

Apple Kringle

Kringle started out as the Danish version of a pretzel, dating back as early as the 13th century. There are many different fillings, some of the favourites being almond and raisin, but ours features classic apple and cinnamon.
Difficulty
Intermediate
Yield
Serves 6

For the Kringle:

Ingredients
1/2 cup sour cream3/4 teaspoon vanilla1 cup all-purpose flour8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1 tablespoon chunks1 egg1 tablespoon sugar

For the Kringle Killing:

Ingredients
4 tablespoons unsalted butter2 medium apples, peeled and diced2 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the Kringle Icing:

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar1/2 tablespoon milk1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Equipment
Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsBowls of various sizesFood processorMedium potSpatulaWhiskPastry brushWooden spoonBaking sheetParchment paperRolling pinDish towelTasting spoons

Get Organized!

Gather your mise en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Measure out the ingredients for the kringle dough; the sour cream, vanilla, flour, and butter.

For the kringle filling, measure out the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cornstarch.

Peel and dice the apples into 1 centimeter cubes.

Measure out the ingredients for the icing; the icing sugar, milk, and vanilla.

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, egg, and the vanilla for the dough. Add the butter, sugar, and flour into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse 6 – 8 times until the butter is in pea sized chunks. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl of the food processor and pulse until the dough comes together. Transfer to a clean surface and make the dough into a disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set in the fridge to chill for about 1 hour.

Get Cooking!

Add the butter to a pan and cook over medium heat until the butter is foaming, and then continue to cook until browned (it should be very fragrant). Add the diced apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla to the pot. Cook until the apples have begun to soften, about 5 minutes.

Mix together the cornstarch with equal parts water, and add it into the apple mixture. Let the mixture cook for about 5 more minutes, until thickened. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cooled.

Mix together the egg with 1 tablespoon of water.

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Roll out the dough with additional flour as needed into a rectangle about the size of the baking sheet.

Spread the filling down the centre of the pastry, and roll into a log, leaving the last two inches of both sides empty. Fold the edges underneath.

Brush the pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle all over with 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Bake the kringle for 1015 minutes, until golden brown.

Mix together the icing by whisking the icing sugar, milk and vanilla together. Drizzle the icing over the warm kringle and let cool.