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Wisconsin wakes up with kringle

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Wisconsin owes many of its culinary staples to traditional European recipes, including Alpine-style cheese, bratwurst and, as of 2013, the official state pastry: kringle.

Historically hailing from Denmark, the kringle is a breakfast-friendly pastry known by its oblong shape and fruity (or nutty) flavor. Since Danish influence swept southern Wisconsin in the 1800s, Racine bakeries have celebrated their kringle-loving roots. For example, O&H Danish Bakery has its share of loyal regulars who arrive at 5:30 a.m. each weekday morning, when the doors open, to buy kringles, which have been made there for four generations.

Megan McDowell

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