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Swedish Tea Ring Recipe for Christmas morning breakfast

Norma Beymer for Merriment Design
How to make a Swedish Tea Ring - easy recipe for Christmas morning. It's a tradition in my family, and this is my mom's well-worn recipe.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings 1 large or 2 small


Tea Ring

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup warm water not hot!
  • 2 packages yeast 4-1/2 teaspoons
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 5 to 5-1/2 cups unsifted flour


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins or nuts


  • Powdered sugar and milk
  • Red cherries


  • Scald milk. Stir in sugar and butter until melted. Cool to lukewarm (tip: be patient and make sure to cool it or you’ll kill the yeast and/or cook the eggs, neither are good).
  • Put water in a large bowl, sprinkle yeast on top. Add milk and mix.
  • Beat 2 eggs and mix in.
  • Add salt and 2 cups of flour.
  • Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour one cup at a time.
  • When it begins to form a ball, put it onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  • Place in a greased bowl, turn over once like so.
  • Cover with a wet towel. Rest 1-1/2 hours until doubled in size.
  • Punch down and roll into a 14″ x 18″ rectangle and brush with melted butter.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle. Add nuts or raisins (optional).
  • Roll up from one end, bend into a circle and tuck ends together best you can.
  • Snip every inch 2/3 the way and twist open.
  • Lay a towel on top and allow to double in size. We usually let it go overnight but if you live in a warmer climate that may be too long.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Make frosting and top with cherries.