Monday, March 29, 2010

Betty Crocker's Swedish Tea Ring {A Family Favorite}

Palm Sunday I was busy baking
Three Swedish Tea Rings!

Chris will be bringing them to work as a
Thank You

I've baked this sweet bread recipe for years;
it's a favorite for gatherings and holidays.

I always thank my mother for being the angel that whispered in my ear:

"Maria, you need a good electric mixer."

It's not a super fancy one, just a Sunbeam
...and I love it!

It's lasted for years and years and I'm so grateful to have it.
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I'll be making two more tea rings for Easter Sunday.
And, these sweet little flower decos will go on top.
I can hear my lil' nieces telling me which flowers they want on their piece!

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Dear Family and Friends,
Have a blessed week 
filled with
The Peace that He came to Bring.

~ Blessings for Each Day ~
and always, 



Recipe for Betty Crocker's
SWEDISH TEA RING

(Sweet Roll Dough)

1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105-115)
1/2 cup lukewarm milk (scalded then cooled)
I never do this... too much work ;o)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup margarine - or butter - softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3-1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl.  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 in greased bowl; turn greased side up.  Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1-1/2 hours.  (Dough is ready if an indentation remains when touched.)  Punch down dough.

Roll 1/2 of the Sweet Roll Dough into a rectangle, 15x9 inches, on lightly floured surface. 
{I use all the dough}
Spread with one of the fillings (below).
Roll up tightly, beginning at 15-inch side.
Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal well.
Stretch roll to make even.
With sealed edge down, shape into ring on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Pinch ends together.
With scissors, make cuts 2/3 of the way through ring at 1-inch intervals.
Turn each section on its side.
Let rise until double, about 40 minutes.

(APRICOT CHERRY FILLING)

Mix 1/2 cup finely cut-up dried apricots and 1/2 cup finely chopped marachino cherries, drained on paper towels.

(CINNAMON-RAISIN FILLING)

2 tablespoons margarine or butter softened, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup raisins

Spread margarine over rectangle; sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins.

(DATE FILLING)

1 cup cut-up dates, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts

Cook dates, sugar and water over medium heat; stirring constantly, until thickened.  Stir in nuts; cool.

~for ring after filling and putting together:

Heat oven to 375.  Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.  (If tea ring browns too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil.)  Spread ring with Glaze (below) and, if desired, decorate with nuts or cherries while warm.

GLAZE

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until glaze is smooth and of desired consistency. {I add a little softened butter too- sooo creamy}



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26 comments:

Duchess of Tea said...

Ooooh, I am the first to leave a comment. I love it when that happens!! Morning Maria darling, lovely post my friend. I will have a slice of the date filling luv to go with my pot of Prince of Wales tea. Hope you day is filled with sunshine.

Love & HUgs
Duchess

Wanda said...

This was a nice post to wake up too, Maria. You've created very lovely tea rings. I will have to make believe though, that while having my coffee my muffin is actually a slice of your date nut or maybe it should be the apricot cherry! Maybe I'll just have some of all 3, it's too early for decisions! ♥...Wanda

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your super sunbeam did a great job, Maria! The first two pictures are adorable, looking so so delicious. I had never heard of tea rings before, glad I do know. Will try your recipe most definitely, thank you for sharing, sweet Maria.
Sending a lot of sunshine your way! xoxo

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh, your swedish tea rings are so pretty and I'm sure they taste just as good as they look. I am planning to try my hand at an Easter bread ring this year. The recipe is in one of my old cookbooks and I have wanted to try it for years. Maybe this year will be the year! :)

To answer your question about the sparkle on my cards attached to Easter baskets from last year, I stamped my design with a clear embossing ink pad, then sprinkled embossing powder over it and dried with a heat tool specially made to do this technique. You've given me an idea for a post so check my blog and I'll try to do a post on this technique this week while I do my cards for this year. Happy Easter week!

koralee said...

Oh Maria they are so so lovely..not one but 3!!!!!! You are amazing. I so want to try this...thank you for sharing. I will let you know if mine turns out as lovely as all yours. It is always a delight to visit...my first stop in the morning before heading into school...a very wet and windy day here...a day where my umbrella will not even keep me dry.
Hugs for a wonderful day...xoxo

B SQUARED said...

Those look so good. Do you take orders?

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I can see why it would be a hit with both adults AND kiddies! Pretty to look at and sounds wonderful!
Have a most blessed week, Maria!

Linda said...

This is so delightful Maria. My Mom and I were planning to do the Easter baking this week, but her fall has changed all of that. I tell her we will do it next year for sure!
These look so good!

Julie Harward said...

That looks so good to me, I could eat at least half of one..thanks for sharing it! :D

Diana said...

They look delicious Maria and I am sure they will be greatly appreciated! I admire your enthusiasm! I really don't like to cook or bake anymore. Once in a while but not too often. You must have been very busy creating the beautiful tea rings! Love Di ♥

Robyn said...

Maria, I've heard of a Swedish Tea Ring just this week! Yours are gorgeous and look delectable! YUM!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments! You are a sweetheart!

Vicki said...

Hello, Maria,
Oh my goodness those sweet breads look so wonderful!! I can almost taste them now. I am sure they will met in your mouth. And yes, your little nieces will definitely want one of those springtime flowers on their piece. Wishing you a week full of peace and happiness! Blessed Easter week to you! Vicki

Marg said...

You just gave me some brand new ideas...i will also be making some krispie square baskets for my little boys. You 'll see them on Friday.
I can make tea rings, but with a bit of effort...you bring out the spring in them...
I really will be digging in to make PASKA!!!!

Mc Allen said...

aww, what a great post. Those look yummy and thanks for sharing them with us!! xoxo LA

Maria said...

The tea ring looks deliiiiicious! Thanks for sharing it with us *lol*
Have a nice week, Maria.

Barb said...

Yum, yum, yum! That Tea bread looks fabulous, Maria - and the stuffings sound fabulous. I'm afraid I'd need a piece of each - just to make sure they're baked correctly...

Rebecca said...

I have an even older mixer than yours, Maria! It is dependable an sturdy.

Your sweet breads/rolls look so delicious! When I was growing up, the scent of freshly bake cinnamon rolls greeted us almost every Sunday morning! (I'm not sure I've ever baked the old fashioned kind, but this post inspired me to think about it.)

Rettabug said...

Maria, this is just a beautiful looking dessert! I hope I get a chance to try making it. I have it copied & saved for future reference.
Thanks for sharing the recipe & the method of creating the pretty shape!

MonsterMama said...

I've never made one of these but my girls would love one at tea parties they do. I'll let you know when I make one. Love your blog.
Mickey

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Maria~ Thank you for strolling into my blog. I truly enjoyed your visit and sweet words.
I couldn't possibly choose between these tea rings. I would like a taste of each one. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Kim said...

These look great. Any suggestions on how to shape the tea ring? Mine turn out slightly uneven... one side a bit higher than the other. Help!!! Any suggestions? Thanks!They also seem less done in the center of the circle or the outside gets too brown. Mine taste wonderful, but I would like it if mine could look as good as yours:)

Maria said...

Hi Kim!
Thanks for stopping by!
My tea rings turn out a little different each time!
... when I want to achieve an awesome circle {albeit smaller than the ones pictured} I use an angelfood cake pan. This ensures a perfect circle :) You can also use a pizza pan to guide you as you lay the dough down...
I use a really nice cookie pan {very large size} to make sure the ring has enough room. I also make minis using pie plates or cake pans.
If after you make your ring, if it looks like the dough will come together in the center too closely as it rises... place a small {greased} ramekin in the middle. This will change the way the center looks {more bundt-like} but it won't be doughy :)

This recipe was a "work in progress" for a long time until I got the hang of making bread.
Now, I add whole wheat flour, which changes the white flour amount. {I also found that if I put in half the flour--then let it rest for five minutes, I need less flour to finish the dough... this means less calories and a lighter finished product}
Even the weather changes things. In the summer, when it's hot and humid- and I'd rather not bake... the tea ring comes the best! Bread dough loves warm, moist air!

Good Luck and Happy Baking!
~Maria

Anonymous said...

Just wondering...does this recipe make 2 tea rings?

Maria said...

Hi! It really depends on how big you want your ring/s. it can make two small ones made in 10" pie plates or one really big one that I make on a cookie sheet.

Anonymous said...

If you are still available can you tell me from where you got this recipe? My mother had an old (1920s? 1930s?) multiple page booklet in yellow & white from either Betty Crocker or a shortening company back then. She used the sweet dough recipe from this booklet to make the most wonderful tea rings and I am wondering if this is that recipe or if you have a copy of the original recipe booklet. If you respond I may be in touch further.

Maria said...

Hi! I got this recipe from an old hardcover (regular binding not spiral bound) Betty Crocker cook book. This is my book: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/mariacc2/media/this%20and%20that/bettycrockercookbook.jpg.html