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Recipe: School Bread from Norway’s Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

School Bread is one of my favorite eats in Disney World, and I can’t wait to share this not-too-sweet-but-completely-awesome recipe with you!!

Epcot Norway School Bread

2 pints water
3 ounces dry yeast
3 1/2 ounces sugar
2 1/2 ounces butter (melted)
1 teaspoon cardamom
2 pounds flour
1 whole egg
8 ounces shredded coconut
12 ounces vanilla custard

Heat water and butter to 95 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, cardamom, yeast, and egg together for five minutes until dough is stiff. Form it like a ball and place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let proof for 45 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size. Roll the dough out like a sausage and cut into five ounce pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and put them on a non-stick sheet pan and let them proof for 30 minutes. Bake for 15 minutes in 375 degree oven. Let cool.

Mix powdered sugar and water (use small amounts until proper consistency is achieved) to make icing and place in shallow pan. Form hole in bread using finger. Dip bread in icing (hole side down) and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Using pastry bag, squeeze vanilla custard inside of hole and swirl at top for decoration.

Vanilla Custard
1 2/3 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon corn starch

In heavy saucepan bring milk to a boil. Set aside. In bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until the mixture doubles by volume. Add the hot milk a few drops at a time to temper the eggs. Mix well after each addition. Place in metal mixing bowl and place over double boiler. Dissolve cornstarch in a little water and add in a thin stream while stirring constantly until it thickens to proper consistency. It must not boil. Cool by placing pan in ice bath.

Recipe Credit: AllEarsNet


  1. Elizabeth says:

    I seriously need to spend more time in this bakery.

    Like maybe a day.

    All day.

  2. Heidi says:

    I love school bread!

  3. TraciLeigh says:

    one more thing to add to my ‘must eat’ list for 2011!!!!

  4. Lisa Behsman says:

    Our family traveled to Walt Disney World in August of this year and had a blast! One of the highlights was eating and enjoying this wonderful dessert at Epcot in Norway. The dessert plate had 3 desserts on it and I completely enjoyed the School Bread the most, so good I’m going to try my luck at making it today. Now I must convert the measurements to cups, tablespoons, teaspoons. Wish me luck!!!

  5. AJ says:

    Good luck, Lisa!!

  6. […] Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, the bakery in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion is famous for this sweet confection. Why have I waited so long to enjoy this pastry that is filled with sweet vanilla custard and dipped in not only powdered sugar glaze, but also shredded coconut? AJ from the Disney Food Blog has the recipe. […]

  7. moi says:

    I couldn’t figure out how many individual breads this recipe made, but I DID know something didn’t sound right–3oz of yeast is several packages of yeast and sounded like it could feed an army. I’m pretty sure that was a typo, and instead it should only be 1 package of dry yeast, about 2 1/4 tsp, according to a different recipe which also uses 4 cups of flour. The other recipe also says it yields about 20 buns.

  8. @RoraBorieAlice on Twitter introduced me to School Bread and it’s delicious. They could charge $10 and I’d want some but it’s only $1.99 at Disney! wow

  9. Referenced this today on Twitter & found your post (I knew you’d have one). I made this a few years back for a neighborhood block party because my husband is Norwegian-American and we’re fans. Can you believe people were disappointed because it looked like a filled donut but wasn’t sweet enough? Sheesh! My favorite flavor is the cardamon, which I always associate with Norwegian baking.

  10. Brooke says:

    AJ – it’s fantastic. Even better now than when you snapped the pic – they toast the coconut. They had run out last night when I was there during extra magic hours, and promptly made more…so it was fresh. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten at WDW, and still an amazing value at $1.99.

  11. Any chance to get it without the coconut? Otherwise it looks amazing.

  12. PhilharMagician says:

    Shool Bread is the best. It is so simple and soooo delicious. They are a must on every visit!

    Price just went up recently to (I believe) $2.79

  13. Jenn says:

    I lived in Norway and ate skole brod often. Yum! In April we went to Epcot and I got one. It tasted just like when I was in Norge!

  14. Cheryl says:

    I finally got this recipe to work. First, begin with about 1/2 to 1 cup less water than called for. If you use the full amount the dough will be soupy. You will then be adding quite a bit more flour to the dough as you work it into the form of a bread ball. The dough WILL be somewhat sticky so keep your hands covered in flour while working it. Let it rise the full amount of time if not longer til it doubles in size. I also added an additional 1/2 tsp. of cardamom for extra flavor.

    For the powdered sugar coating I used a cup of powdered sugar and 1 TBSP water + 1/4 tsp vanilla (again for extra flavor). Add more water if necessary to form thick glaze that the coconut will adhere to. The vanilla custard recipe is great, just be sure not to over mix. The cornstarch is what will make this custard thicken, not extra whipping once the milk has been added. Enjoy!

  15. Summer says:

    THANK YOU!!! to Cheryl for the posted corrections… We followed the above recipe, meticulously, and the dough had to be thrown out. It was so “wet,” it was completely unmanageable. I’m going to try Cheryl’s corrections and I will post how it turns out.

  16. Ann says:

    The recipe is terrible… Please correct the amounts. I wasted 2 batches and I scared to try again…

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