Swedish Tea Ring Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Swedish Tea Ring Recipe
  • READY IN 3+ hrs

Swedish Tea Ring

Recipe by  

"This is a hand-shaped, filled yeast bread that my 2-year-old daughter loves to help prepare. The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated, then baked in the morning. Sprinkle chopped, toasted almonds over the ring if you wish. Nuts can also be added to the filling along with the raisins."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 2 pastries Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    3 hrs 20 mins


  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.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Cook's Note:
  • The first part of this recipe is prepared in my bread machine on Christmas Eve. I make it right up to the second rise stage, then cover and refrigerate it. On Christmas morning, I allow it to warm up and rise until double in size before baking. It is especially sumptuous when it is still warm and a special treat for Christmas morning in our house.
  • Editor's Note:
  • To prepare this recipe in a stand mixer, combine lukewarm milk and yeast in the mixing bowl; let stand five minutes. Add beaten egg, 1 tablespoon butter, 3 tablespoons white sugar, salt, and bread flour. With the dough hook, mix on low speed for 12 to 15 minutes, scraping down hook and sides of bowl occasionally. Transfer dough to a greased bowl to rise; proceed with recipe.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 08, 2004

Delicious, easy, great recipe! My daughter brought it to her first grade class for a special day and it disappeared quickly. Also made it for our Christmas morning brunch, as well as for several friends for Christmas gifts. We will definitely make this again! Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2005

I had such high hopes for this bread but was very disappointed. I should have known there would be a problem when I saw the amount of yeast...3/4 teaspoon is a third of a package of yeast and that was suppose to make two bread rings rise??? It came out of my bread machince just fine, but after 1 1/2 hours of letting the rings rise, they hadn't grown at all. I baked them anyway and there was brown sugar all over the cookie sheets and the bottom of my oven. They didn't rise at all during the baking time either.


15 Ratings

Sep 14, 2007

This has become a holiday tradition for my family. It always turns out beautifully and works well if made the night before and refridgerated as well. I recommend trying this recipe :)

Dec 25, 2004

This recipe reminds me so much of the one my Mom used to make at Christmas time. Thanks Julia!!!

Sep 24, 2004

Excellent! This was fairly easy to make and won a blue ribbon.

Apr 27, 2011

I made this Christmas morning with craisins and slivered almonds. I loved it so much that I made it again for Easter with dried apricots in the filling. Instead of 2 rings, I just made one big one. It is really pretty on a big platter, and so easy!

Sep 19, 2011

Very tasty. I added just a little more yeast. Turned out beautiful. Dough was very easy to work with.

Dec 16, 2012

I only wanted one coffee cake so I cut the recipe in half. Because I don’t use a bread machine, I proofed the yeast in the milk @ 110º with a teaspoon of sugar and then finished off the rest of the dough in my KA, kneading it on my pastry board at the very end, and then set it aside for its first rise. As another review noted, the filling does escape slightly from the dough during baking, but there is plenty of cinnamon-roll flavor. This recipe makes a wonderful coffee cake that is as scrumptious as it is attractive.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 150 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 69 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Mealtime Money-Savers
Mealtime Money-Savers

Browse through over 500 recipes for delicious, budget-friendly meals.

Can What You Can't
Can What You Can't

The old saying goes, "Eat what you can, and can what you can't!" We have the know-how.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Tea Biscuits

Watch how to make this quick tea time treat.

Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls

Watch how to make super quick cinnamon rolls.

Almond Bear Claws

These magnificent bakery favorites are easy to make in your own kitchen.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States