Cinnamon Spelt Ring aka Estonian Bread Kringel

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This cinnamon bread, also knows as “Bread Kringel”, has been baked for hundreds of years in Estonia, for holidays, birthdays celebrations and special occasions. It originated in Germany and is basically a sweet enriched bread that’s twisted into the shape of a pretzel or a simple ring.
Recipe inspired by Chocolateoblivion

  • 125 ml Milk, lukewarm
  • 1 Egg yolk, small
  • 30 g Walnut oil
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 100 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 200 g Spelt flour
  • 7 g Instant dried yeast
  • 50 g Butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp Slivered almond, optional
  • Powdered sugar, optional
  1. Place milk, egg yolk, walnut oil and maple syrup in the pan of your bread machine. Add in flours and the dried yeast. Select the “Dough” cycle, and press “Start”.
  2. Mix together the cooled butter, sugar and cinnamon powder in a bowl. When the “Dough” cycle is finished, transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it briefly.
  3. Divide the dough in half. Using a rolling pin, roll each out into a 1cm thick rectangle. Spread the 1/3 cinnamon butter mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a 1cm border. Roll dough up, starting lengthwise to form a Swiss roll. Seal edges well by pinching close and slice it in half lengthwise, leaving 5cm intact.
  4. Turn each half cut-side up and carefully plait the halves together, keep the cut-side up to expose the filling. Join both ends to form a round wreath and transfer to a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  5. Brush the bread top with the remaining cinnamon mixture. Scatter the silvered almonds over if used. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Anonymous 26/11/11 07:45

This looks so beautiful. I just made cinnamon rolls - but this would be ideal for a family get together. Really great recipe.

Anonymous 26/11/11 07:51

oh Angie, you did it again! what an amazing post. I particularly like when you bake, you are a very talented home-baker and the pictures were really instructive. what a beautiful looking braid you made! and I love spelt...

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse 26/11/11 08:05

I love the cinnamon rolls, you have done so well on the braid!

di_ani 26/11/11 09:05

This sweet cinnamon bread wreath looks beautiful and delicious.
Very nice shape, color and photos - great recipe!
My admiration, Diana

grace 26/11/11 09:29

this is a work of art, angie! i'd love it even if cinnamon weren't so heavily involved. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 26/11/11 10:48

A real beauty! I'd love a slice now.



Sanjeeta kk 26/11/11 10:57

Awee...that looks so lovely, beautiful dark color crust and lovely tangles!

sare 26/11/11 13:02

Very artistic, wonderful photos, mmmmmmmmmm. I'm sure It was delicious.

Platanos, Mangoes & Me! 26/11/11 13:35

I am having tea and I want a piece of this heavenly Kringel.

lena 26/11/11 13:49

wow! this is one of the prettiest bread i've seen! a great recipe too!

JasmyneTea 26/11/11 13:53

This just looks so impressive, I'll have to give making this a go just to see the look on people's faces when I tell them it's home made!

Anonymous 26/11/11 13:56

Wow, so impressive and great step by step photos. Looks super tasty.
:-) Mandy

Toni (Boulder Locavore) 26/11/11 14:19

This is just beautiful Angie! It feels like an ushering in of the holidays. Love knowing about the specialities from your area and their history. The photos are simply gorgeous.

Joanne 26/11/11 14:41

I love baking with spelt flour! This ring is just gorgeous!

My Little Space 26/11/11 14:54

Angie dear, Happy thanksgiving to you & sweetheart. Hope you're having a fabulous time there. This bread sounds so yummilicious. Thanks for sharing it.
Best wishes,

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 26/11/11 15:06

Gorgeous! It looks so pretty, kind of a shame to cut into it, but it looks delicious, I'd have to have a very big piece.

TasteHongKong 26/11/11 15:16

I thought such beautiful cinnamon bread would only appear in professional bakeries : ).

Unknown 26/11/11 15:17

What a beautiful bread! It looks so yummy! I will keep it in mind for the holidays!

Heather @ 26/11/11 15:35

This loaf is so beautiful...I just love way it twists!

FoodEpix 26/11/11 16:13

This looks absolutely delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

chow and chatter 26/11/11 16:38

wow wow wow angie what a talent you are beautiful

Unknown 26/11/11 17:19

Lovely story and what a beautiful bread.

Patty Price 26/11/11 17:26

Oh Angie, this is a beauty, I would love a piece with my coffee! I'm putting kringel on my to bake list for the holidays.
I wonder how many similar versions of this recipe exist?

Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker 26/11/11 18:13

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! Gorgeous! Going to try to adapt gluten and milk free so I can EAT IT! Thanks for the gorgeous recipe! Buzzed, saved, bookmarked, going to tweet!

Dajana 26/11/11 18:41

So beautiful, and anything with cinnamon is just irresistible to me

Elisabeth 26/11/11 19:25

Angie-Your Estonian ring is absolutely gorgeous! Love the elegant, and delicious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 26/11/11 22:04

I love the shape and layers of that beautiful bread, Angie! It's making me hungry staring at it.

Lana 26/11/11 22:52

I'll have to make my German brother-in-law make this for the family next time we are together:) It looks amazing, and I really appreciate the photos - they make the process approachable. Just beautiful!

Kim 26/11/11 23:02

seriously, WOW, this bread is just bakery perfect. where did you learn how to make this? beautiful.

pembe kekik 26/11/11 23:26

Çok güzel bir tarif ve çok güzel fotoğraflar.

Hannah 26/11/11 23:58

Wow, that is one beautiful wreath of bread! I'm dying to try this myself, it looks surprisingly simple the way you included all those detailed photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

Veronica's Kitchen 27/11/11 00:16

I am amazed at how creative and artistic you're with all these lovely recipes! :)

Jocie's Mom 27/11/11 00:44

Oooo la la! That looks so delicious and super hooty tooty! Restaurant quality for sure :)

Ana Regalado 27/11/11 01:08

Again , one of your gorgeous-looking bread yet ;) Perfectly-baked and beautifully presented , it also looks delicious ! Awesome job as always , Angie :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 27/11/11 02:32

Angie, what a stunning bread! I am going to try to reproduce it for my family...and fingers crossed that mine will be as beautiful as yours!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 27/11/11 03:13

What a stunningly beautiful braid! I love it!

Vicki Bensinger 27/11/11 03:37

This is such a beautiful cinnamon ring. Looks like a wreath. I'm saving this to try later. It would definitely be great for the holidays.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 27/11/11 03:59

This look so beautiful and very festive !

claudia @Whats cookin 27/11/11 04:48

Spectacular could eat the whole thing myself~

Anonymous 27/11/11 06:39

Wow - this is a show stopper! It's absolutely stunning and I bet it tastes amazing! Thank you SO much for's pure art!

tinyskillet 27/11/11 06:45

It looks like Christmas to me. Perfect ring of goodness! Love it!

Unknown 27/11/11 09:00

This is just so beautiful, absolutely stunning, you are so talented!!! Can I have some???
*kisses* HH

Lilly 27/11/11 11:43

This bread looks amazing!! So festive and pretty. Great step by step picture as well! Enjoy your Sunday!

Hotly Spiced 27/11/11 12:15

That Kringel looks perfect. Congratulations! I know making bread is not that easy and you have done such a great job - it looks perfect!

Anonymous 27/11/11 12:36

This bread is absolutly beautiful! I'm pinning this one for the next time I want to impress company. Thanks for sharing!

Jeannie 27/11/11 12:46

It is very beautifully done, love the golden color of your bread:) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Priya Suresh 27/11/11 16:04

Super fabulous and beautifully done bread..loving it.

wok with ray 27/11/11 16:42

Wow, this break looks professionally baked! You did a great job, Angie! Have a wonderful week. :)

~ ray ~

Val 27/11/11 17:55

Oh Wow! This is impressive and just the sort of thing I love. I've been wanting to try out a yeast cake like this. I may give myself a challenge this week and try it out!

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks 27/11/11 18:26

That a beautiful bread ring! And cinnamon bread smells so good, I can only imagine!

Barbara 27/11/11 19:40

What a gorgeous coffeecake, Angie. I love the twists and turns in this ring....and the flavors are marvelous!

Anne@frommysweetheart 27/11/11 19:43

Angie! I am just blown away by this! I can't believe this was done by hand! You have such an amazing talent! I can only imagine how wonderful this tastes! AMAZING! : )

Beth 27/11/11 19:44

Estonian bread? What a great idea to make and post this recipe. It looks terrific!

Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} 27/11/11 21:11

I plan on making a bread like this this coming week. It's a tradition in my family to enjoy it on December 1st! Yours looks amazing Angie!

Katie@Cozydelicious 27/11/11 21:29

This bread is so beautiful and festive! I haven't worked with spelt flour but I will have to try it!

FOODESSA 27/11/11 22:48

I often appreciate a tutorial...and this one is no exception.
Angie, this wreath is a real show piece. I can see how this would impress a few of my friends at the next brunch ;o)

Have a great week,

Anh 28/11/11 00:58

Stunning bread! Beautiful braid.

Jo 28/11/11 01:33

Absolutely gorgeous and I am so mesmerized by the braiding style. I love anything with cinnamon in it and this is definitely my cup of tea.

Reeni 28/11/11 03:27

What a gorgeous bread Angie! It would be the perfect treat for Christmas morning!

Dude for Food 28/11/11 03:32

The bread looks great, I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks, awesome!

Nammi 28/11/11 03:51

yumm, looks delicious. I have a question, you use various kinds of flour and bread flour to make your breads, can I use just regular plain flour?

Monet 28/11/11 04:13

I just love how you weaved together this ring! This looks delicious, as always, and your words make me smile, yet again. I hope you have a blessed week and a wonderful season of joy and food and fun.

Deborah 28/11/11 06:41

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

M D 28/11/11 11:17

Gosh! That a surreal beauty!

Mary Bergfeld 28/11/11 14:54

This is a beautiful creation and I will be giving it a try. It is gorgeous to look at and with the ingredients you've used it must be delicious as well. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Kelly 28/11/11 15:06

Angie, you never cease to amaze me with your inventiveness and creativity. What a beautiful ring - (and I'm a big fan of spelt - silky, gorgeous grain).

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 28/11/11 16:09

That is by far the prettiest krinkle I've ever seen.

Belinda @zomppa 28/11/11 16:38

I am so envious!! This is so beautiful - just pulley and lovely and sweet.

Savoring Italy 28/11/11 17:07

WOW, Angie! This bread is stunning. This would be wonderful to have warm on Christmas morning. You're so talented. xx

Claudia 28/11/11 17:32

I can smell the aroma. I am picturing it in front of me. It is simply beautiful. I love that it is an Estonaian recipe - spent many festivals in NYC with Estonian friends.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' 28/11/11 18:14

Gorgeous Bread Kringel! That last shot has me reaching into my screen for to grab that scrumptious piece :)

Faith 28/11/11 18:26

What an impressive bread this is -- it is really stunning, Angie!

Eva 28/11/11 18:56

What an incredible looking bread, Angie. Simply first rate. I am going to try to make this for Christmas morning, it's fantastic. You are really a professional bread maker.

Jill | Dulce Dough 28/11/11 20:41

How beautiful Angie! Thanks for the pictures showing how to put it all together!

Anonymous 28/11/11 22:11

Angie...that bread is seriously stunning!! Wow, I'm so impressed. Cinnamon is one of my favorite kinds, primarily because it's sweet, and I have a massive sweet tooth. ;)

sally 28/11/11 22:56

These rings are beautiful! I would so love a taste of this bread!

Cucina49 28/11/11 23:01

This sounds so good, with the almond, maple and cinnamon--yum!

Zoe 28/11/11 23:25

Angie, you are always very good in creating beautiful food and this bread looks stunning!

vianney 29/11/11 01:13

Angie this is stunning,thanks for the step by step!!

Asmita 29/11/11 01:42

Looks gorgeous! Wish I could eat some.

Unknown 29/11/11 02:23

The bread looks amazing.

Ilke 29/11/11 03:24

Oh Angie, my jaw dropped upon seeing this beauty. What a presentation! So postcard worthy, I am telling you!

cookingvarieties 29/11/11 05:14

hi amgie, such a beautiful twist, the plaits makes this estonian bread look more appetizing.

Mary 29/11/11 15:08

This is a stunning bread, Angie! There is nothing simple about it in my opinion. I love the presentation and it sounds delicious!

kitchen flavours 29/11/11 15:58

That is one lovely bread! Looks wonderful with the almonds!

Quay Po Cooks 29/11/11 16:39

This is visually stunning! I would love to make one as beautiful as this.

Lorraine 30/11/11 00:43

This sounds delicious and is just beautiful to look at. I would love to try it:)

Anonymous 30/11/11 00:47

What a delicious looking bread! It looks almost too pretty to eat! :)

Magic of Spice 30/11/11 01:29

That is just gorgeous! I love cinnamon breads but have never seen one so beautiful!

ping 30/11/11 02:26

Wow! This really put me full blast into Christmas mode (I usually get into the mood in June, weird, I know, but this year's been crazy and I couldn't get into it ... til now ... my hero!). It's absolutely gorgeous!

Kiran @ 30/11/11 04:51

That is one gorgeous looking braid. I must try this recipe and that braiding technique soon :)

Passionate About Baking 30/11/11 09:38

This looks really good! I like the swirls like wreath...

Barbara Bakes 30/11/11 16:23

Wow! What a spectacular bread!

Anonymous 1/12/11 21:30

Oooh Angie! What a great read & what a lovely a beautiful looking appetizing bread!
I love spelt flour a lot! So tasty too! ;)

Great as a special food gift too! :)

Sue 2/12/11 01:31

This is such a beautiful bread wreath! I would love a big slice right now:)

Angela 2/12/11 02:17

So very beautiful--I love that braiding technique!

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Stevie 4/12/11 16:57

Wow!! I love the idea of this. It always looks so complicated when you buy a pastry like this one at a store but you make it sound almost easy. This is something that I want to try.

Gina Stanley 5/12/11 06:24

This came out so gorgeous. I finally got some spelt flour too, yeah.

Sook 18/12/11 21:04

Oh my goodness, Angie... This looks fabulous! I'm going to bookmark this recipe. :)

A Spoonful of Yumm 20/12/11 13:05

the bread looks beautiful. anything with cinnamon has to be awesome ! your sense of presentation & styling is excellent angie. happy holidays !

What's Baking?? 29/12/11 10:57

Thanks for visiting my blog, Angie cos you gave me an opportunity to visit yours and I love it. Will follow your blog from now. I could almost smell the cinnamon. Sniff. sniff...

Donna 4/3/12 21:18

I must try this wonderful braid...Is it possible to attempt this without a bread machine? How long would I need to knead the bread... and at what point would I add the dried long to allow to rise etc? Thank you for any enlightenment..I really do need to save up for a machine! Your blog and photography are superlative..I'm continually stunned by your culinary creativity and presentation. Bravo.

Angie's Recipes 5/3/12 07:12

Put all the dry ingredients (including instant dried yeast) in a mixing bowl, then make a well in the center,add in liquid ingredients. Stir first at slow speed for about 3 mins, then increase the speed, and knead for a further 3-4 mins until smooth and elastic.

Amy 4/10/12 11:49

HiAngie. You have answered my question, and I am pleased to say I had guessed correctly, but does it not need any time to rest / proof? Normally a dough of this type needs to be left twice. Does this really just go straight from kneading, to filling to the oven? If so, how brilliant!

Angie's Recipes 4/10/12 17:53

I didn't really give this bread a final proof as I have used 7g instant yeast (lots of yeast for 300 grams of flour) and it took me about 20 minutes to preheat the oven to 190C/375F. It did puff up before transferring to the oven.

Swathi 13/3/13 04:56

Delicious bread I have tried cookies with spelt flour, not bread. sure I will try this recipe.

Anonymous 6/1/16 12:15

Nothing like homemade bread, especially sweet ones. Happy baking.


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