Swedish Tea Ring

Cinnamon-Walnut Filled Tea Ring

Cinnamon-Walnut Filled Tea Ring

Think combination cinnamon roll and sticky bun in the shape of a ring: that's this satisfying tea bread, the epitome of comfort food. Reminiscent of any of various breakfast pastries you might find in the baked goods aisle at your supermarket, it's so much tastier: soft, fresh, and overflowing with butter, nuts, and of course cinnamon. Bonus: Despite its striking construction, it's much easier to make than you might think. 

Prep
20 mins
Bake
25 mins
Total
2 hrs 30 mins
Yield
1 tea ring
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Instructions

  1. To make the dough: Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead — by hand, mixer or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough. Let rise, covered, for 1 hour.

  2. To make the filling: Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, and ClearJel, then add the melted butter. Combine the walnuts and cinnamon chips separately.

  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and roll it into a 12" x 18" rectangle.

  4. Spread the filling over the dough. Top with the walnuts and chips.

  5. Starting with one long side, roll the dough into a log and form it into a ring, pinching the edges together to seal. Place the ring on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

  6. Using a pair of scissors, cut two-thirds of the way into the edge of the ring at 2" intervals. Turn each cut section onto its side.

  7. Cover and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes, until puffy.

  8. While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.

  9. Bake the tea ring for about 25 minutes, until golden; tent it with foil after 15 to 20 minutes if it's browning too quickly.

  10. Remove the loaf from the oven, and carefully transfer it to a rack. Drizzle with the glaze while still warm. 

  11. To make the glaze: Mix together all of the glaze ingredients, adding a bit more sugar or cream if necessary to make the mixture "drizzleable." Drizzle the glaze over the warm tea ring.