Braided Almond-Cream Wreath (Kranzkuchen)
Braided Almond-Cream Wreath (Kranzkuchen)
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    If Schlesische Mohnrolle is my favorite thing to buy at Hutzelmann, our favorite bakery in Berlin, then Kranzkuchen is my husband’s. Max has a soft spot for Kranzkuchen, an almond-paste and rum-raisin–stuffed sweet wreath. He has tried many Kranzkuchen in his life, but he says that absolutely none come close to Hutzelmann’s version, sold in thick slabs all year long. It is glorious: sticky and rich, winey with rum and almond paste, chewy, and flaky all at once. I tried many times to re-create their Kranz (which means “wreath”) at home and never quite got it right, but in the process I developed this recipe, which is pretty darn good. Forming the wreath requires a bit of moxie because once you roll up the almond-cream-filled dough and slice it lengthwise, you have to wrap the 2 strands around each other without allowing the filling to leak too much. After baking, when the Kranzkuchen is golden brown and shiny from the apricot glaze and topped with a drizzled glaze, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious. I suggest you bake this when you have a lot of people to feed at once—it’s best the day it is made.

    Ingredients

    • 3 1/4 cups, scooped and leveled, minus 1 tablespoon/ 400g all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
    • 1/3 cup/70g granulated sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon/190ml whole milk
    • 1 egg
    • 8 tablespoons/115g unsalted high-fat, European-style butter, at room temperature
    • 2/3 cup/100g raisins
    • 3 tablespoons dark rum
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1 pound/455g almond paste
    • 1/4 cup/50g granulated sugar
    • 1 egg white
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons/50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup/150g smooth apricot jam
    • 13 tablespoons/100g confectioners’ sugar
    • 2 tablespoons water

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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
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    • Total Fat: 0 g 0%
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g 0%
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    • Iron: 0 mg 0%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 0 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 0 g 0%
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Protein: 0 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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