|My mom in the red and green dress reading from the Christmas Book.|
So with her on my mind right now, I knew I had to try my hand at a tea ring. I made two and my kids told me they were delicious. My husband told me it was great. And I had a little piece of my mom again, if only for a moment. I decorated it just the way she did, with green and red maraschino cherries. I hope you enjoy it as much as I always did, and now will in memory of my mom.
|Tea Ring decorated with red and green maraschino cherries|
Adapted from The Betty Crocker Cookbook: Swedish Tea Ring
1 package active dry yeast
½ cup warm water , (105 - 115º)
½ cup lukewarm milk, (scalded then cooled)
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
3½ - 4 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
⅔ cup sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
In large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turn dough greased side up. Cover. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Punch dough down. Divide dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into a 15x9-inch rectangle. Spread with two tablespoons of butter (like buttering a piece of bread). Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture evenly over dough. Roll up tightly, starting with the 15-inch side. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal well. Stretch roll slightly to make even.
Transfer dough to greased or parchment lined baking sheet. With sealed edge down, shape into a ring. Pinch ends together to close ring. With kitchen scissors, make cuts 2/3 of the way through the ring at 1-inch intervals. After ring has been cut, pull out each piece carefully and turn on it's side. Let rise until double, 40 to 60 minutes.
Repeat method with other half of dough.
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Bake for 23-29 minutes, or until golden brown. If tea ring browns too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
In a bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Spoon over warm or cooled tea rings. Decorate with maraschino cherries if desired.
|Tea Ring before adding the glaze.|
Notes: The best part of this recipe is that it makes two! One to eat and one to share. that is exactly what my mom did when we lived in England for five years. She would make several tea rings then we would deliver them to friends to share on their Christmas morning.
Have a blessed Christmas! Thank you for sharing in my 12 Recipes of Christmas!