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Swedish Tea Ring
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 55 mins

Wow your guests with the beautiful presentation of this Swedish tea ring!  An easy sweet yeast dough, filled with sugar & spice, drizzled with a sweet glaze.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon, cinnamon roll, swedish tea ring, wreath
Servings: 12
Calories: 239 kcal
For the sweet yeast dough
  • 1/4 ounce active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° F to 115° F)
  • 1/4 cup milk, scalded
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I substituted unsalted butter, softened)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups White Lily® All-Purpose Flour (you may need as much as to 2 1/2 cups)
For the filling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the glaze
To make the sweet yeast dough:
  1. Dissolve the yeast in a liquid measuring cup with warm water; set aside.
  2. Combine the hot milk, sugar, salt and shortening (or butter) in large mixing bowl. Cool to lukewarm.
  3. Add eggs, 1 cup of flour and dissolved yeast, stirring well after each addition.
  4. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board or pastry cloth. Cover with the bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes).
  6. Place the dough in a large greased bowl; turn once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours).
  7. Punch the dough down; let it rest 10 minutes.
To fill/shape:
  1. Lightly mist a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. On lightly floured board or pastry cloth, roll out into a 20 x 7-inch rectangle.
  3. Brush with melted butter to within one inch of edges.
  4. Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle evenly over dough.
  5. Roll up jelly-roll style, beginning with long side. Press to seal edges.
  6. Place seam side down on baking sheet. Shape into a ring and pinch ends together to seal.
  7. Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut the dough at 1-inch intervals around ring, cutting two-thirds through the roll with each cut.
  8. Gently turn each cut piece on its side, slightly overlapping slices.
  9. Cover and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
  10. Heat oven to 375° F. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from baking sheet to cool on a wire rack, and drizzle with glaze.
To make the glaze:
  1. Stir the confectioners’ sugar and milk together in a small bowl until smooth.

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Nutrition Facts
Swedish Tea Ring
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.