Kringle and Hygge

I had the chance to visit O & H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin, today along with a good friend, Lois Alter Mark. This family owned bakery began in the late 1940s and is still family owned today, 4 generations later.

I had no idea how involved the process is to make kringle. The first day the initial dough is made; sticky and full of buttery goodness. The second day the dough is rolled out and butter is smoothed onto the layers. That is repeated 18 times! Oh my. The third day the stack of dough/butter layers is rolled into a single layer that is then shaped into the traditional (for this bakery) O shape. The fillings are put in – there are 18 different fillings to choose from! – and the kringles are baked.

Does that not look amazing? Can you see the details of all those layers of butter? The cherry filling shown here is made with Wisconsin’s own Door County cherries. Big juicy cherries are smoothed onto the dough and then the ring is sealed.

Most of the kringles are baked and then iced. Some have toppings like slivered almonds or chopped pecans.

The O and H Bakery also makes the traditional Danish Layer Cake, which is a yellow sponge cake that is sliced and then layered with custard and a raspberry filling and then iced with the customer’s choice of whipped cream or buttercream frosting.

Another customer favorite is the 7 Sisters Cake. This cake is made by taking 7 individual pastries that are baked in a round and then custard, almond paste, and raisins are added. The flavors meld together and the pastry left me speechless. 


They also make donuts, sweet rolls, coffee cakes, a Valhalla Brownie (I think I will have to go back just to have one of these…after sampling the kringle and the 7 Sisters cake I didn’t have room for the brownie!) and for those with special dietary restrictions they even have  products that are no added sugar or salt. For those who are gluten free, they offer triple chocolate brownies and coffee cakes.

Those of you not from Racine or Kenosha are in luck – they ship their products to you! Just click here to be taken to their customer service site to request a catalogue or to order your own kringle. I get nothing from your order — I just loved my kringle enough today to want you to be able to have your very own as well!

The Danes are thought to be some of the happiest people on earth. They believe firmly in “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah) which is the warmth and happiness from the good things in life – family, food, and fun times. I certainly had a taste of hygge today at O & H Danish Bakery as I sat with a good friend and ate wonderful kringle.

I hope you have the opportunity to experience hygge yourself and either stop by O & H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin, or order some wonderful baked goods online. You won’t regret it!


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10 Responses to “Kringle and Hygge”

  1. Sharon GreenthalJune 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    My husband is from Wisconsin and so I have been introduced to the deliciousness of Kringle! How fun that you had the chance to see the factory and Lois, too 🙂

  2. Pam @ Grace Over 50June 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Oh my gosh, those pastries look amazing. I have cousins in Racine…I’ll send them over, 🙂 I had a Norwegian roommate once who made kringle from her great-grandmother’s recipe. It was the first time she had ever baked! Well, because she was a novice, she didn’t realize that the 2 cups of salt, that were called for in the recipe, were a mistake. So, she basically made salt dough and learned a tough lesson. We went back and made them with sugar instead and they came out amazing!

  3. WendyJune 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    How fun! This looks like a fabulous place! Enjoy!

  4. Susan WilliamsJune 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    Oh, my gosh, to taste those layers of pastry with those local Wisconsin cherries? Their Kringle sounds like a slice of heaven!

  5. HaraleeJune 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    Sounds yummy. Those Danes!!

  6. Ellen DolgenJune 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    It must smell wonderful there! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  7. Carol A CassaraJune 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

    Any visit to a good bakery is a fun time to me. This just sounds delicious!!!

  8. Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHCJune 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    My roommate for many years was from Racine. Those look amazing!

  9. CarolannJune 27, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    Oh yum! This looks and sounds divine! I love the concept of hygge.

  10. Lois Alter MarkJune 27, 2017 at 5:37 am #

    I am so glad we got to share this experience – that is the true definition of hygge! And I am still drooling over that delicious kringle!

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