no-knead swedish tea ring, and arizona

swedish tea ring

So it’s funny. The last recipe that I intended to write about was a cinnamon bun recipe, featuring a coffee glaze. I forgot about it, and it long ago rotted in the hallowed back halls of this blog. I just discovered it today, when I felt a drive to bring you this significant cinnamon bun tea ring featuring a coffee glaze.

What can I say, I’m good with repetitive patterns.

swedish tea ring

Food is great, but let’s quick get to the recipe so that I can tell you about all the things of actual factual importance that I’ve had going on as of late. This dough is kickass because you let it sit around in your fridge while you pet your cat, and dance to pop music with 5-pound weights flailing about, and peer out your window at the frigid temps whilst deciding that today is a good day to stay in your jammies.

No kneading! There’s cardamom in the dough, and a filling of cinnamon, a bit more cardamom, and chopped up almonds. Topping this majesty is a coffee glaze to which I added a bit of espresso powder. The more the merrier says this usually anti-coffee consumer.

Swedish Tea Ring — Vetekrans

Adapted from Beatrice Ojakangas’ The Great Scandinavian Baking Book. Great it is, it is great.

2 packages active dry yeast
1 c. warm water, 105F to 115F
1/2 c. melted butter
1/2 c. sugar
3 slightly beaten eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
4 to 4 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. softened butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 c. almonds, chopped

For the glaze:

1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tbsp hot coffee
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp espresso powder

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar, let stand 5 minutes. Mix in 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, salt, cardamom, and 4 cups of flour until combined. Cover and stick in the fridge for 2 to 24 hours. Proceed to party.

Turn dough onto floured surface and roll to a 20- to 24-inch square. Spread softened butter across dough. Top with a mix of the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Sprinkle almonds over sugar. Roll up jelly roll-style.

Grease a baking sheet and place roll on it, shaping into a ring or an oval depending on the size of your pan. Pinch ends together to close circle. With scissors, cut almost through the ring at 1″ intervals. Turn each piece so the cut side is exposed. Let rise until almost doubled.

Heat oven to 375F. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Mix glaze ingredients, top tea right while hot. Serve with coffee because that is what the Goddess Beatrice recommends.

swedish tea ring

So let’s get to the real magic, my life.

After much hesitation and embarrassment surrounding an in-person purchase, I bought One Direction’s first three albums online and have been devouring them nonstop all week. I mean nonstop, too, cause when they’re not on the CD player they’re on in my head. I think it’s a sickness. Like Eli said, it’s too bad I never get sick of the music I listen to – though I normally try to think of this as a gift, I fully understand his position.

one direction
Love the clever pre-teen who pretended to sign the booklet, then added humorous commentary.

Speaking of Eli – we’re engaged! Yeah!!

[oops, hold on, I have to restart my One Direction CD.]

treasure huntringy ring

Eli made a treasure hunt for me in our garage, which ended in a ring hidden in some dirty old sneakers. What a babein’ dude. Treasure hunts and mind games have long been drilled into me as the most enjoyable way to give gifts, so it’s bitchin that he’s not only risen to the occasion, but has also taken it next level. This second picture is more for me than for you, because my ring has been at the jeweler’s in Portland getting LAAASER WELDED for omg two weeks at this point, and I’ve pretty much forgotten what it looks like (pretty!) and feels like (nice!) and sounds like (…silence) and tastes like (love).

Moving on. We spent the holidays in Arizona with my parents, but I made a mess of everything by nearly blinding myself, and spent the remainder of the vacation with my eyes closed, pitifully asking “any food left on my plate?” and sitting around feeling like an invalid, being led from Points A to B, wearing old person sunglasses, pretending my other senses were growing sharper (which they weren’t).

Still, when I had the gift of sight, it was a really beautiful place. Really really beautiful, I can’t stress enough how glad I am that we were able to go. Warm sun, a buttload of cactus, all kinds of purty birds, and tasty Mexican food, plus I got to go biking on my last day which was ironic and cathartic all in one, given that I originally blinded myself while prepping to go biking.

Enjoy a few photos from our trip – again, these are more for me than for you:)

Damn, I miss that sun.

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26 thoughts on “no-knead swedish tea ring, and arizona

  1. Omg you got blinded? How did that happen? So scary..

    Since I actually am scandinavian I am going to try the recipe of our neighbouring coutry tomorrow. I actually have almost all ingridients. Not sure how you made it look so awsome, but will try :)

    1. I popped a contact lens into my eye that was soaked in tea tree oil, and burned off the surface layer of cells on my eye. We weren’t sure I would fully recover my vision or not, it was horrifying.

      I hope you liked the tea ring!

  2. 1) I am blasting One Direction at this very moment, mere hours before I go pick up my husband at the airport after three weeks alone. I’m savoring every last second of my musical freedom.

    2) Congratulations on your engagement, friend!! Way to go on a rockin’ proposal, Eli!

    3) RIIIING! It’s so shiny! I hope you get it back soon. We got my ring fixed and waited three months til I got it back! I’m guessing Portland jewelers are a little more timely than the small time Rockland guy we went to.

    4) I hope you got to see enough of Arizona! Your photos are beautiful! You and your biking habit have had a bit of a rough time lately, eh?

    5) Coffee, coffee, coffee!!

    6) I guess I felt like making a list for you today…!

    1. Oh my gosh Brianne what is your favorite 1D song??!? Mine is all of them! lololol.

      Eli rocks and that’s all there is to it. We’re supposed to get the ring back by the end of this week, I hope I hope I hope.

      Me and the biking have had a hard time, yeah. Hopefully this year is better, I know it will be. And I did get to see enough of AZ, even when I was blinded, I was able to appreciate so much about just being there that it was relaxing and lovely (despite also being petrifying that I was going to live out my days half blind).

      1. Well, I’m glad you got your vision back! You’re going to shred some seeeeerious gnar in 2015, girl. (Do mountain bikers shred gnar? I have no idea).

        I’ma go dance all night to the best song ever!

  3. Hi Emma – boy, sounds like a lot has been going on with you! Are your eyes okay? I hope everything is fine on that front. Plus, big congratulations on your engagement! The treasure hunt, the ring…how sweeet is all that! I hope you have a great time planning your wedding now.
    And this cinnamon roll is no ordinary one. It looks awesome…the only problem is I’d hate to cut it but I’d only hesitate for a minute and then dig in. : ) Take care. Oh, and great pics!!

    1. My eyes are okay now, I have recovered vision in my left eye 95%, I feel so grateful for that.

      Wedding planning is already a chore. I will try to make the most of it though, it will lead to something wonderful!

      Good to hear from you! And thanks:)

    1. Thanks movita. In light of this comment expressing your full support of One Direction, I’m going to go listen to them now. In your honor.

  4. Oooh, hope you have your ring back by now. It’s gorgeous by the way, looks like Eli did good :).

    Also, those cacti! I must see some in real life, I must!!

    1. oh yeah it’s back! it’s so shiiiiiiiiiinyyyyyyy. eli did good, he did great:)

      all these cacti were incredible, it was so neat to get the chance to wander amongst them!

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