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.
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!