Marzipan Birthday Kringle

Recipe by PanNan
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 16
YIELD: 1 kringle
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Pastry
  • 2 14
    ounces active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 12
    cup warm milk (about 110 F)
  • 1
    cup whipping cream (about 75 degrees)
  • 3 12
    cups flour
  • 14
    cup sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    teaspoon ground cardamom (preferably fresh)
  • 12
    cup unsalted butter, cut into individual tablespoon portions
  • Almond Filling
  • 8
    ounces almond paste (about 1 cup)
  • 12
    cup chopped blanched almond
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1
    teaspoon almond extract
  • Topping
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 1
    egg white, beaten
  • 14
    cup sliced almonds
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and warm milk in a small bowl. Let rest until the yeast dissolves and begins to foam (about 10 min). Gently stir in the cream.
  • Combine the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and cardamom in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Fold in the yeast mixture just enough to moisten the dough. Cover and refrigerate 12 - 24 hours before rolling out the dough.
  • Prepare the filling after the dough has been refrigerated by blending together all the filling ingredients.
  • Lightly flour a pastry board or other smooth surface, and place the dough on the floured surface. Pound it with a rolling pin until the dough is flattened to a thickness of about 2 inches. Roll the dough to make a 24 inch square.
  • Spread the filling to within 1 inch of the edges and roll up the dough as tightly as possible.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar on the work surface, and with your fingers, roll the dough firmly into the sugar to coat it, while also strething it to form a log measuring about 36 - 40 inches.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the roll on the paper in the shape of a large pretzel. Brush the surface with the beaten egg white, and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Cover and let rise 45 minutes, or until puffy, but not doubled.
  • Bake in a 375 F oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
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