Saturday, December 29, 2007

Swedish Tea Ring--a Christmas Classic

Last time, I wrote that I am officially done with Christmas. I am. So done. (Except for the cleanup which is still looming large...)


But I just had to post the following for posterity.


It is our family Christmas morning tradition and I wanted to document step-by-step as I learned from The Master...my mother-in-law.


If my husband were to choose his favorite home-cooked, nostalgic Christmas memory...it would be Swedish Tea Ring.


Don't worry...there is no tea in it. Also, I asked my friend from Sweden if she ever made it and she said the recipe was much too sweet to be officially Swedish. But we Americans can pretend. It is delicious.


Here's how to do it:




Make your favorite sweet roll dough recipe or find one online like this one.


Let rise.






Oil countertop and roll dough with an oiled rolling pin into a large rectangle.





Spread with softened butter.


Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, raisins or chocolate chips.



Our family likes a lot of chocolate chips!

Roll the whole thing into one long delicious snake.

Position carefully into a ring shape on a greased baking tray.





Using clean scissors, make slices approximately 1 1/2 inches apart, but only about three-quarters of the way toward the center of the ring.


Take each slice and twist gently, forming a cinnamon roll wreath.

Bake.

Frost with white icing and use green sugar and maraschino cherries to decorate.


Serve Christmas morning with scrambled eggs or breakfast casserole.


Delicious!

18 comments:

Jessica said...

Had to my call my husband over to appreciate the beauty of that thing. When I get sick of my diet in about 3 weeks, I'm making it.

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

Oh. My. Gosh. That looks so delicious!! My mouth is watering. You're making me want to start my diet later and just have that recipe TODAY! Only, it looks sort of time consuming and I'm lazy. Making dough freaks me out for some reason. Maybe because I haven't done it before?

What's your icing recipe?

gab said...

Icing: 1/2 stick butter, 3 or 4 cups powdered sugar, milk to thin to desired consistency, vanilla.

(That's my recipe...not exactly sure what Brad's mom did...but I think it's close.)

Bridget said...

I just made one of those with my mother-in-law but she calls it an "English" tea ring. Hmmmmm...wonder what the difference is? Either way, delish!

Lisa-Marie said...

That really does look good. My hubby likes anything with chocolate chips in it.

I'm with Holly, though. Dough freaks me out too!

My favorite part: "Use CLEAN scissors!" That is funny.

Caroline said...

that is so fun! I'm totally making one NOT with green sprinkles and cherries and then it won't be christmas related. right? RIGHT?

HILLARY said...

Oh wow! That looks sooo good. If only I wasn't stuffed to the gills...... Soon, very soon.....

Marty said...

This looks fabulous! I can't wait to have you make it for me!

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

YUM! As if I need any more sweets in my life...oh well. Have to try it now because you blogged about it. Calories be damned!

Rochelleht said...

You are so fab. I would not do that EVER not for any reason. Wouldn't my kids love to have you as their mother at Christmas!

Denae said...

I just showed my husband too. That thing looks like heaven to me. I love yummy, warm, doughy, desserts! I need to make this.

mama jo said...

looks delicous...you don't remember but, grandma june used to make that at christmas...

Megan said...

It looks beautiful and I'm sure it tasted delicious!

Lauren said...

That Tea Ring is truly a thing of Beauty!!!!

Hey, thanks for commenting on my blog!!!

Polly said...

Looks like you had a fun Christmas..The Swedish Tea Ring was beautifully displayed. You need to go on Martha Stewart.

Polly said...

Looks like you had a fun Christmas..The Swedish Tea Ring was beautifully displayed. You need to go on Martha Stewart.

marta said...

oh my amazing. gabi, if i could ever pull that off it would seriously be a christmas miracle! looks delish! happy new year!

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