Cinnamon Rolls are stepping it up with this Swedish Tea Ring. Finished with a perfectly sweet glaze, of course!
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was packed with too many activities to list – I think I need a day of rest to recover, ha. But first, I am kicking things off with this Swedish tea ring I’ve been waiting to share with you.
You might know by now that cinnamon rolls are a favorite in our family. We adore pretty much anything that’s rolled into small buns, holds a sweet surprise and is dowsed in a glaze. Not a single holiday or special occasion passes without them.
And there’s nothing I consider more of a special occasion than my one and only’s birthday. So, let’s get started on breakfast, shall we?
Before you think that there’s way too much work involved here, let me assure you that there really is not. If you’ve made traditional cinnamon rolls before, you might even find this recipe to be easier.
So let’s enjoy them together!
Celebrating the hubby’s birthday with “cinnamon rolls” was a no-brainer, but turning them into a tea ring might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Especially when we’re talking manly man. Yes, I know. But hear me out.
First, the addition of cardamom to the dough was something we just couldn’t pass up and wait to experience. It’s such a wonderful spice that I personally can’t seem to get enough of. It always reminds me of ginger, nutmeg and cloves mixed together. You must try it if you never have.
Secondly, since we’re basically in the middle of November, and everything is getting christmassy, I just couldn’t look past the fact that this tea ring reminds of a Christmas wreath. And since not everyone is getting ready for a birthday bash, I know that most of you are getting ready for Christmas and may I suggest you save this recipe to serve on Christmas morning?! It’s that good.
Another favorite thing about this is that the buns are basically handheld goodies. One for each hand. They’re not as big as an actual cinnamon roll, which means only one thing. You can eat MORE. And who doesn’t love going back for seconds?
I could stare at and devour cinnamon rolls every day if that were possible. Good thing I am being strict on enforcing the “only for special occasions rule” or we’d be in serious trouble over here. You don’t even want to know how fast this tea ring disappeared…
Simply delish! Have the greatest week, friends!
- 4 1/2 teaspoons (2 packages) active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees F
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, cardamom
- 4 - 4½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- 1. Place yeast into the bowl of your electric stand mixer and add the water. Give it a slight stir to dissolve the yeast and let stand for 5-10 minutes (until foamy and bubbles form). With the dough hook attached, start the mixer and add the butter, sugar, eggs, salt, cardamom, and flour until a smooth dough forms. Spray a large glass bowl with nonstick spray and transfer dough to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
- 2. Flour your work surface. Turn dough out onto the surface and roll into a 20 x 24 inch rectangle. Carefully spread butter over the dough and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon. Roll up the dough (into the shape of a log) and pinch the edges to seal.
- 3. Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet and transfer the roll onto the paper, shaping it into a ring. Pinch the edges together to close the ring. Using a scissors, cut almost through the ring in 1 inch intervals. Slightly pull each piece out (so you can see the inside and leave a space between each piece). Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let tea ring rise at room temperature until almost doubled in size.
- 4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden. Meanwhile, whisk together the glaze and pour over the tea ring while warm.
- Swedish tea ring is best enjoyed on the same day but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.