Krendel ~ Russian/ Ukranian Fruit Bread

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Time for a challenge post! This month, for We Knead to Bake #34, the bread chosen was Krendel, which is a Russian/ Ukranian fruit bread baked during the festive months and other occasions. Since today is a holiday and I am feeling really lazy, I am not in a mood to type about the history of the bread as such, so you can hop on to Aparna’s post. πŸ˜‰


This is an rich bread with a delicious fruit flavored jam filling. The first thing I loved about this bread was that there is hardly any sugar. The dough has honey for sweetness, just a little sugar is sprinkled in and the jam is super tasty – you can have it with your toast! I didn’t want to buy prunes to try this, so substituted it with some dates and absolutely loved it. Since I had halved the recipe and didn’t want to rip my bread, I just joined both the sides together. That’s why my bread looking like that, and I loved it for the shape! πŸ˜‰


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The dough was really crumbly, tasted like a biscuit and the filling was so apt for it. I sliced up the whole loaf in an hour’s time of baking it and gave it off to HD’s staff after reserving a few at home. I gave a big slice, cut into half to HD along with his cup of sulaimani, and he said, “I don’t want anything sweet.” (Very normal of him!) I just remarked, “Try eating it, it has figs, dates and apricot in it, you will like it, I am sure”. I kept the plate next to him and vanished into the kitchen to clean up the mess on the kitchen top. I came back to an empty plate, and he said it tasted so much like date rolls. πŸ™‚


I prepared the jam filling two days in advance and stored it in the fridge. I almost burned it up but then thankfully the flame was so low, that it was just reaching that burnt stage. Hehe… All in all, it was a very satisfying bake. Off to the recipe…


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Krendel ~ Russian/ Ukranian Fruit Bread

Course Bread
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda


  • For the jam:
  • 1/2 cup apple juice store bought
  • 1 small apple cored and chopped
  • 6 apricots chopped
  • 3 large dried figs chopped
  • 6-8 dates chopped
  • 15 gm butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • For dough:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 25 gm butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour + more as required
  • Others:
  • 10 gm butter
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • Chopped almonds as requested


  • For preparing the jam, combine all the ingredients except the cinnamon and cook on low flame till the whole mixture comes together in a mashed fomat. Keep stirring occasionally. Add in the cinnamon and mix. Allow to cool completely. This can be prepared in advance.
  • For the dough, mix the yeast and honey into lukewarm milk and allow it to froth.
  • In another bowl, add in the egg, cream, butter, salt and vanilla along with the frothed yeast mixture and whisk well.
  • Add 1 cup of flour and mix well. Add the other part of the dough till it makes a slightly sticky dough. Add enough flour to make it sticky.
  • Transfer onto a floured surface and knead for around 6 to 8 minutes till the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Keep in a well oiled bowl covered, till it doubles, around an hour and a half.
  • Deflate the dough and spread into a rectangle. Spread the butter and sprinkle the sugar on top. Spread the jam over it, leaving an inch on the sides.
  • Roll the dough and then bring the edges together, and seal them.
  • Keep on an oiled baking pan and allow it to raise for another 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 degrees. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes till the top is browned.
  • Cool the Krendel on a wire rack. Cut and serve!

Join the Conversation

  1. filling bread and the stuffing seems quite interesting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya…

  2. Wow this bread looks do delicious with fresh homemade jam in there…. yummm

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Chitra….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  3. Love the filling,looks absolutely yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  4. We love fruit bread. This looks terrific!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  5. Amazing!!I love baking bread!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shazia…

  6. that sounds amazing… i love fig and dates roll ….something similar to it means I must bookmark it and try it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  7. This is gorgeous! Thanks for introducing me to a new dessert / sweet bread.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much!

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