Barefoot by the Sea: Swedish Tea Ring Recipe

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Swedish Tea Ring Recipe

Last week, my youngest had her Countries Around The World Day. Each third grader has been researching their heritage and picked one country to focus on and research more. She picked Sweden. Once their done with their reports, they present them to parents and classmates in a school wide event. As part of the project, we also brought in a food or dish from the particular country. We settled in on a Swedish Tea Ring. It was delicious and I wanted to share the recipe (and photo montage) below...

Swedish Tea Ring


  • For the Dough:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • For the Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed


  1. In a bread machine, put milk, egg, butter, sugar, salt, bread flour, and yeast in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle and press Start. When dough is mixed, transfer to a greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. Divide dough in half. Roll each piece out into rectangles about 12x16 inches. Spread each dough rectangle with 1 tablespoon softened butter. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup raisins.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture onto buttered dough. Roll them up jelly-roll fashion, along long side. Pinch edges to seal. Stretch and twist into rings, pinching ends to seal. Place them seam-side down onto prepared baking sheets. Using clean scissors, cut 2/3 way of the way through the loaf at about 1-inch intervals. Spread each cut slightly. you wish to
  5. [At this point, the dough can be refrigerated: cover dough with greased plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, let pastries come to room temperature for about half an hour before baking as directed in step 7.]
  6. Alternately, cover each ring with a clean towel or greased plastic wrap and let loaves rise until double, about 40 minutes.
  7. Arrange two oven racks so that both baking sheets will fit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated; rotate baking sheets. Bake until rings are light brown and the filling is oozing and bubbling, about 10 minutes more.
  9. In a small mixing bowl, combine confectioners sugar, almond extract, and milk until icing is desired consistency. Drizzle icing over warm pastries.

 It was a great day and she had a lot of fun. It's amazing to see how hard the kids worked on their projects. Great to enjoy some yummy food too!


  1. I know this was a lot of work but it looks worth it! Yum!! My MIL picked up a similar thing at Trader Joe's for Easter. I didn't get to try it but it smelled so amazing!

  2. That looks really good. I'm not big on raisons, but I'm sure it was delicious! What a great project for the kiddos!

  3. What a beautiful tea ring! I bet your daughter was so proud to share this!

  4. WOW, this looks yummy and beautiful.
    Well done! Did she says why she chose Sweden? Atticus just did this for Home EC ... he chose Sweden too. He made Swedish Meatballs. :-)

    1. My Grandfathers parents were from Sweden so that's why she chose it! We almost made Swedish Meatballs but her event was at 9am so I figured that might be better.

  5. Wow! That looks fabulous. Saving the recipe.


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