Christmas goodie #12 is a swedish tea ring. My mom made this every year to go with Christmas morning breakfast. As I said in an earlier post I lost my mom to a tragic accident this summer and now I somewhat feel I should keep this tradition going. But at the same time it’s just not the same if mom didn’t make it. Things will be so different this Christmas and I don’t really know what to expect. My dad is trying so hard to make this a good Christmas. He has even taken it upon himself to do all of the Christmas shopping himself! I am so proud of him!
I am scared to death though that my kids are going to ask where grandma is and everything is going to be a big let down from there. Sometimes I wish we could just skip over Christmas but that’s not fair to the kids or my dad because he is excited to see the kids. I had a hard time just getting through Thanksgiving so I am afraid Christmas is going to be unbearable.
Usually my grandma and mom come out for Thanksgiving because my dad has to work. Well this year I knew I had to prepare myself for it because there were going to be empty seats at my Thanksgiving table this year. I was doing so well getting everything ready and in a way I slightly pushed it to the back of my mind that she wasn’t going to be here. Then my five year old son asked me when the grandma with the cane (my grandma) and the grandma with the red shirt (my mom, she was a huge Nebraska Husker fan so she wore a lot of red) were going to be there. That’s when it really hit me and my mood just went downhill. I tried so hard not to cry but the hot tears just kept running down my cheeks and I felt like I somewhat let my kids down and made Thanksgiving not as happy as it could have been. Any way enough of all this.
This swedish tea ring is a nice way to dress up your Christmas morning table with its red and green cherries and with its cinnamony goodness it will bring smiles to everyone’s faces. Well this concludes my 12 days of Christmas goodies. I hope you all enjoyed it and thanks again for listening!
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cups very warm milk 120 degrees F
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter softened
- 5 tablespoons butter softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- candied red and green cherries optional
- In the bowl of your stand mixer using the paddle attachment combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Add warm milk, egg and butter until well combined. Slowly add in remaining flour until the dough starts to come together. Change to your dough hook and knead for 5 minutes. Cover and allow to rise until double in a warm place. (About 25 minutes)
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon for the filling of the tea ring, set aside. Lightly grease a large baking pan and set aside.
- Punch dough down and roll out to a 20"x12" rectangle. Spread with softened butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. With the long side facing you begin to roll up the dough into a long log. Seal the seam by pinching the dough together. Bring the ends together and pinch the dough together to seal. Place on prepared baking sheet seam side down.
- Using a pair of kitchen scissors cut the dough in 1 to 1 1/2" sections around the ring be careful not to cut the whole way through. Gently pull up each section and give it a small twist and lay back on the pan. Cover and let rise until double.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Decorate with optional candied cherries. Also may drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze.