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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!