True Disney fans know and love their snacks. And EPCOT is one of the best Disney parks for delicious snacks. Many of the pavilions in the World Showcase serve truly authentic foods from around the world.
For example, guests can grab some poutine in Canada. And at Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion, you’ll find enormous soft pretzels and apple strudels with vanilla sauce. Of course, don’t forget the fish and chips at Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the United Kingdom Pavilion.
We also love the beautiful Mediterranean pastry offerings (think pistachio baklava and almond crescent cookies) at Oasis Sweet & Sip on the lagoon side of the Morocco Pavilion.
My husband cannot pass up the guacamole at Choza de Margarita in the Mexico Pavilion. It’s topped with pumpkin seeds and diced mango and served with tortilla chips.
One of my personal favorites is a Croque Glacé at L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion. That’s a scoop of artisanal ice cream sandwiched inside a freshly pressed warm brioche bun, folks!
One popular EPCOT sweet that you may have heard of but never tried is School Bread.
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What is School Bread at EPCOT?
School Bread is sometimes called a school bun. It’s a popular treat often packed in school lunches in Norway. Norwegian kids also make and sell them at bake sales for their schools.
In Norwegian, it’s called skolebrød or skoleboller. Disney modified the name to make it more familiar to English speakers.
The traditional recipe starts with a yeasted dough similar to a doughnut without the glaze or a slightly sweet dinner roll. The sweet bread roll is then filled with a vanilla pudding or custard-like cream and topped with icing and coconut flakes.
Kids in Norway help with many of the steps when preparing School Bread for bake sales. They can help mix the dough and bake the buns. Kids can also squeeze vanilla custard in small amounts into the bun using a pastry bag.
They can also help with the decoration by piping sweet icing onto the filled bun, or sprinkling the coconut flakes on top.
Finally, I’m sure they also help with selling and eating the tasty snacks.
Where can you buy School Bread?
School Bread is exclusively available at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase. It’s a perfect treat for when you’re craving something sweet, but not too sweet. I have a kid who loves sweets but isn’t a fan of chocolate. School Bread is one of his favorites.
Upon entering the Norway Pavilion, you’ll find Kringla Bakery on your left just behind the Stave Church Gallery.
Side note: There’s a pretty cool “Gods of the Vikings” exhibit inside this building. A lot of people seem not to realize that you can go inside, but it’s worth a look for fans of Thor and Loki. It’s just across from Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.
Further back in the pavilion, you’ll see a waterfall, a gift shop and the entrance to Frozen Ever After.
What else does Kringla Bakery serve?
Kringla Bakery is a quick-service restaurant with a snack menu that includes a wide variety of Norwegian treats. The star of the show is the popular School Bread. It’s a sweet roll filled with vanilla custard and topped with toasted coconut flakes.
Classic Norwegian snack items include Eplekake (apple cake with caramel drizzle), Lefse (soft flatbread rolled with cinnamon sugar and butter), rice pudding with strawberry sauce, Norwegian Kringla (pretzel-shaped pastry with various toppings) and Verden’s Beste Kake.
You’ll also find classic Walt Disney World snacks like a Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie and Mickey Cinnamon Roll there as well.
For drink options, Kringla Bakery offers assorted fountain beverages, freshly brewed Joffrey’s coffee, espresso, cappuccino and lattes. The Kristoff Kaffe is a frozen coffee treat served with a special coffee-chocolate sauce and topped with a coffee-chocolate crunch.
Historically, Kringla Bakery has also served a limited selection of sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
However, the menu may have been pared down to its more popular pastry offerings. With EPCOT festivals running for most of the year, there seems to be less demand for savory snacks or sandwiches.
What is School Bread made of?
You can find tons of copycat recipes online that mimic the Walt Disney Company’s version of School Bread. Most of them are fairly complicated and involve preparing dough by mixing together ingredients like dry yeast, sugar, flour, cardamom, butter and a little water.
Once the proper consistency is achieved, the dough must be formed into a ball and allowed to proof for 45 minutes in a bowl covered with plastic wrap.
Once the mixture doubles in size, the dough should be rolled out, cut into one-ounce pieces, and allowed to proof a second time in a nonstick shallow pan before baking.
The custard can be prepared from scratch using a double boiler, hot milk, cornstarch, vanilla, egg yolks and sugar. Alternatively, you can substitute vanilla pudding for scratch-made custard.
The icing is made by combining powdered sugar, vanilla and a little milk or water. Once the buns cool, you can fill them with custard, then top them with icing and coconut flakes.
Is the School Bread good?
We love School Bread! I have a sweet tooth, but I tend to avoid overly sweet treats. For example, I drink my coffee with cream and no sugar, and I find School Bread to be a perfect complement to a steaming cup of coffee no matter the time of day.
The subtle flavors of vanilla and cardamom taste perfect. The flaky texture of the coconut contrasts nicely with the smooth creamy custard filling and the slightly springy dough.
It’s also an excellent option for a quick breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up to enjoy while waiting in an early morning standby line for Frozen Ever After. Plus I imagine that both Anna and Elsa would approve.
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