Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
This is a wonderful brunch recipe. I like to place a warm dish of apple butter in the center when making this with apple slices.
- 2 cups body temp. water
- 2 tablespoons dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 egg
- 1⁄4 cup lard, melted and cooled a bit or 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening
- 3 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup melted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 dash nutmeg
- raisins (optional) or chopped apples (optional) or dried reconstituted and chopped apricot (optional)
- Dissolve yeast in warm water until dissolved.
- Add next three ingredients and beat well.
- Add egg and lard then stir.
- Mix in 3 1/2 cups of flour.
- Gradually add the rest of the flour until dough is easy to handle.
- Place in large bowl.
- Grease top of dough and cover.
- Refrigerate until double.
- (May be left overnight and used early the next morning).
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Punch down dough.
- Roll out 1/2 the dough into an oblong and butter well.
- Sprinkle w/ sugar and spice mix.
- Add fruit layer if you like.
- Roll up as a jellyroll.
- Place on large baking sheet and join ends together to form circle of dough.
- Using kitchen scissors, snip 2/3 way thru in 1 inch intervals.
- Turn sections until one sections lays on top of the next completing the ring.
- Let raise until double.
- Bake until 30 minutes or so until done.
- Using spatulas remove ring to seving plate while it is still very warm.
- Pour confectioners sugar glaze over warm ring and decorate w/ nuts, cherries etc.
What a wonderful tea ring! I used my bread machine to make the dough. I used vegetable shortening since I did not have any lard. I also used 2 chopped apples in the filling. The dough was very easy to work with, I made 2 very large tea rings. The end result was a delicious treat, and it looked fabulous! It received 5 stars from my family and our friends.