My mother-in-law was a master bread maker. At least once a week, her house was filled with the heady scent of fresh baked bread.
It was only natural then, that one of her family’s Christmas traditions was sweet bread on Christmas morning.
I loved the idea of that, but getting up before the break of dawn to make bread dough, wait for it to rise, and then actually baking it wasn’t my idea of fun on Christmas day!
Thankfully, I discovered a little secret. Not only does this Swedish Tea Ring freeze well, I found a bread machine friendly recipe. (Shhh… don’t tell!;))
How to make Freeze Ahead Swedish Tea Rings:
1. Assemble the ingredients
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1 Tablespoon butter
3 Tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
2. Place all the above ingredients in the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the “Dough” cycle and hit start. Meanwhile, butter two cookie sheets and set aside. Lightly flour the surface you are going to roll the dough on.
3. When dough is finished, remove from bread machine pan and divide in half.
4. Roll each half into a 12x 16″ rectangle.
5. Spread each half with softened butter,
and sprinkle with a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon.
(I mixed 3/4 cup brown sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon but didn’t use it all).
6. Roll up, jelly roll style, and pinch together the seam.
7. Bring the ends together to form a circle and pinch together. Place seam side down on greased baking sheet.
8. Using clean scissors, snip into the roll 2/3 of the way every inch.
9. Gently stretch each cut piece.
Cover with a clean towel and let it rise in a warm place until double in size (about an hour).
10.Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
The loaf will be golden brown and the filling will be oozing and bubbling through. Repeat the same steps for the second loaf.
11. Place on wire rack to cool and spread with a little butter while hot.
To freeze ahead, place cooled tea rings in zip-loc bags and place in freezer until ready to use.
When ready to use: Thaw them by placing out on the counter the night before. Heat in microwave or oven. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing. (To make icing: Mix in a small bowl 1 cup icing sugar, 1 Tablespoon milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract.)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 3 Tablespoons white sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3¼ cups flour
- ¾ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- In a bread machine, put milk, egg, butter, sugar, salt, flour, and yeast in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle. Start. Butter 2 cookie sheets; set aside.
- Once dough is finished, divide it in half. Roll each piece out into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle. Spread each dough rectangle with 1 tablespoon softened butter. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons cinnamon and ¾ cups brown sugar. Sprinkle mixture onto rectangles. Roll them up jelly-roll fashion, along long side. Pinch edges to seal. Stretch and twist into rings. Place them onto prepared cookie sheets with sealed edges down. Pinch ends together to form a ring. Using clean scissors, cut ⅔ way of the way through the loaf at about 1 inch intervals. Spread each cut slightly. Cover with a clean towel and let loaves rise until double.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and the filling is oozing and bubbling through. Cool on wire rack.
- In a small bowl, combine 1 cup icing sugar, ½ tsp. almond or vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon milk. Drizzle icing over warm bread.
I’m super excited to be joining a group of Canadian bloggers who are all sharing Christmas Morning recipes today. Be sure to go check out their beautiful and delicious ideas!
Christmas Morning Smoothie by Alex of Northstory
Cinnamon Christmas Breakfast Wreath by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Eggnog Brioche French Toast Bake Recipe by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
Breakfast Toast Bar by Brittany of My Daily Randomness
Pomegranate Cranberry Mimosas by Krista of Happy Housie
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns
Christmas Apple Cranberry Cobbler by Robin of Frugal Family Times
Candy Cane French Toast Kabobs by Jenn of Clean & Scentsible
Swedish Tea Ring by Rita of Harbour Breeze Home
Cranberry Banana Muffins by Shannon of AKA Design
Breakfast Enchiladas by Tara of Suburble
Cranberry Pear French Toast with Vanilla Cream Sauce by Kendra of Joy In Our Home
Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche