Swedish Bread, Tea Ring or Braided Bread 08/29/2013


Swedish Tea Ring, Braid or Bread

By, Louise Laferriere

No, it is not Christmas yet!!!!  However, I have had this post in my draft folder and yesterday a friend asked for it, so I am posting it today and may post it again over the holidays…Hope you enjoy!

Today, I am going to share with you an old family tradition in our family at the Holiday Season and again, at Easter time.

I learned it from my grandmother who learned it from her grandmother and never has a Christmas or Easter happened without this tea ring and its plainer but gorgeous braided version being on my holiday table.

I have given these breads as gifts throughout the years to new neighbors, as house-warming gifts, as well as hostess gifts at holiday parties. They are always a hit!!!


½ C Melted butter

2/3 C sugar

1 tsp. Salt

2 ¼ C Hot milk

1 Egg, well beaten

2 tsps. Almond extract

1 Package yeast

9 C Flour


This recipe will yield 2 loaves of Swedish Bread or 2 Swedish Braided Breads or 2 Swedish Tea Rings.  I usually make 1 Braided Bread and 1 Tea Ring.

Mix butter, sugar, salt and hot milk in a large bowl and let cool to lukewarm.  Stir the yeast into ¼ C warm water and let it stand for five minutes to dissolve.

Add the dissolved yeast, egg, almond extract and 4 C flour and mix well. Add 4 more cups flour and mix well.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board, knead for a minute or two and let rest for 10 minutes, adding the remaining flour if dough is too sticky. Resume kneading until smooth and elastic. Put dough in large buttered bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk.

Punch down and knead for a minute or two, divide in half (each half will make one loaf, one ring or one braid).

Swedish Tea Ring;

Roll and shape one of these two halves into a long thin roll. Using a rolling pin and an un-floured board, roll it into a thin rectangle, about 7” x 16”.  If it sticks it may be easily lifted with a knife.

Spread with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, ¾ C raisins and ½ C chopped walnuts (I left out the walnuts due to a family member’s allergy).

Starting with the long side, roll like a jelly roll.

Join ends to form a ring.  Place on a buttered cookie sheet. 

Make perpendicular cuts, with scissors, about 1” apart and spread open, so that one side falls flat.

Cover and let rise again.

Brush with 1 egg yolk lightly beaten with 1 tsp. cold water.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!


With other half of the dough, divide into 3 equal parts.

Stretch and roll each piece between your hands until you have 3 long, uniform rolls.

Make a braid with the rolls, pinching the 3 pieces firmly together when you start braiding and again when you finish.

Place braid on buttered cookie sheet, cover and let rise again.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


With the other half of the dough, shape into a loaf and place in a buttered loaf pan, cover and let rise again.  Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool on rack.  For soft crust, brush crust with melted butter while hot.

Serve, Share and Enjoy!!! 

Louise-Slave To My Needles

Halloween Orders are flying out of here! 08/27/2013

Today, I made two overalls for Halloween.  Two little brothers going on a cruise wanted the blue minion overalls from Despicable Me. Mom didn’t need the mask or head gear and already has the yellow shirt, etc.

They will ship out tomorrow morning!



Now, it isn’t quite September 1st yet, but if you have something in mind do not think it is too early to order.  Don’t be the one wishing you had ordered earlier….we might need to allow for shipping of the fabric, then the creating time, then shipping to you and there may be others ahead of you…


What do you, or your kids or your family want to be for Halloween?

I am going as a tired gramma with pin pricks in my fingertips.  HaHaHa!!!!!

Have a wonderful week everyone. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.

Oh, did you forget to look for the ‘x’ in my shop?  Check the previous post and then go look for it….It is an easy $10, after all.



I Have Added Some New Pictures of Custom Made Items ……

Well, this is what happens when you can’t sleep….you get quiet things done.

I have added some new pictures of Custom Made Items on my Studio Page.  I hope you will scroll down and review what is in my studio and it inspires you to imagine what it is you would like to do about a memory/memorial quilt, or an upcoming baby shower or maybe you are going to be adding a new member to your own household and need something custom made.

Did you get married this year?  Are you trying to figure out how not to waste your wedding gown or just leave it sitting there taking up precious space and never being seen?  Contact me. I have some great ideas.

Are you planning an upcoming wedding, or perhaps a bridal or baby shower?  Let’s talk about it!

Thanks for checking the Studio link and I look forward to hearing from you.

Remember, from 12/26 to 1/10 I will be on vacation in Maui, enjoying my long overdue honeymoon (33+ yrs). That said, if you contact me and I don’t get right back to you, now you know why!!!!  I will return all messages as soon as I return.

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy and safe holiday season.



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I Am Alive and Well…And Oh, How I Have Missed You!!!!

Okay, don’t fall off your chair.  Yes, I am here.  I had to find some time to come here and let you all know I am alive and well.  More importantly, to thank you for the soaring views on my blog daily in spite of my absence! I am amazed and grateful and appreciative of your loyalty!  To all of you that have checked in every day, thank you and my sincerest apologies for being MIA!

Suffice it to say, (so I don’t bore you) that life kind of took me over! I got determined to build an inventory for the craft fairs in November and stayed very busy with that…..all the time, thinking I should put up a post, but I feared if I walked away from the pile of work I lined up for myself I wouldn’t get right back to it…While working on the inventory an in-law got pretty sick and my husband and I were kept pretty busy with him and his needs.  That has calmed down now.  The craft fairs were kind of a bust.  Lots of people, looking, touching, asking questions, but not buying much of anything.  I am just happy it wasn’t just me, although I kind of expected to learn more than I sold since it was my first year ever doing them.  Everyone was feeling the same.  Better luck next time! 🙂

Then, it was time for Thanksgiving and prepping for Christmas and every single day, I walk into my studio and see my fabric wrapped around my dress form and, still, it hasn’t even been preshrunk and I leave for Maui in 9 days!!!!  This week, I am finishing up the last minute Christmas stuff as we are having our family celebration on Saturday, visiting with some relatives and friends on Sunday and Monday evening, and packing on Tuesday to leave first thing Wednesday morning!

I have lots of pictures to add to my studio page, here, and really wanted them up by now, but….I will try to get them up here as soon as possible.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you all have a wonderful Christmas season!  I hope that your New Year will be happy, healthy and prosperous!!!

I promise some awesome pictures of the trip when I get back.

Again, thanks for the crazy numbers in spite of my absence and I appreciate all of you.

I am going to sign off with a virtual moment of silence for all the victims and their families in CT.

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Can You Spare 60 Seconds?

Just a small reminder and request for everyone to take 60 seconds, one minute, of our busy days, whether you are in the shower, eating a meal, working at your job, tucking your kids safely into bed this evening, or kissing your significant other ‘good night,’ take one minute, be silent while you remember all those who don’t have any more minutes, and their families who miss them EVERY minute as well as all those who were right there in a  minute or less to do what they could, while risking their future minutes, to save someone!!!

Just one minute!!!!! I am grateful for all my minutes thanks to all those who have sacrificed!!!!!

Thanks, also, to all those who are out there continuing to protect and making sure these United States, stay FREE and united and safe from all that is lethal!!!!  Thanks to their families who are missing them, but know why, their little ones who don’t know why, but just do miss mommy or daddy.

Thanks, lastly, that I live in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, and God Bless Us All!!!!!

‘Let’s roll,’  with these one minutes, today!!!!!!




I Need Your Help, Please?????? 7/18/2012

Well, I got a wonderful surprise today!!!!!! Beth, my oldest granddaughter, called and asked if she could come spend the night!  Well, of course she can,,,,,,any time!!!!!!

We had lunch and played some cards and then my Perfect Tortilla order arrived.  No tortillas in the house, so we improvised…..

We melted butter and mixed it with brown sugar..

We took a slice of bread and trimmed the crust and pressed down hard to make it as thin as possible…

Then, we placed our slice of bread into the tortilla pan, brushed it with the butter/sugar mixture and baked it for 8 mins @ 400 degrees…

THEN, being National Ice Cream Day, we plopped a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream into our creation, added some canned peaches and it was yummy!!!!

What do I need help with?  Well, not eating it, that’s for sure!!!! It was so good and disappeared so quickly!!!! 🙂

We need help naming this delicious snack/dessert!!!!

What would you name it?  Please, leave a comment below……

Thanks for your help and wish you could have been here to share!!!!



Happy Father’s Day or Happy Dad’s Day!!!!

I think the name of this day should keep up with the times……

Decades ago, being a father was defined as follows;

As we grow and raise our children, and the times change we come to realize that ‘father’ is, unfortunately, sometime more a verb than a noun.

Other times ‘dad’ is a more appropriate name for some men, who have never had their own children, but raise children as their own.

If we are realistic, we must acknowledge that sometime, mom IS the dad……..

 and best scenerio is what we most often anticipate……..a father is a dad too!

So, for all you fathers who ARE dads and to all you dads who might not be a father and to all you single moms who are both mom and dad:

Happy Father’s, Dad’s, Mom/Dad, day….because each of you have very lucky children!!!!

I am so grateful, that I have a wonderful dad for my children and he is their father, too!!!!  Feeling very blessed today to have such a hard working, dedicated, loving and caring man who I have had the pleasure to be married to for nearly 33 years!!!!

Getting back to the title of this post:  I think Father’s Day should be renamed to ‘Dad’s Day.’

Have a wonderful day!!!!!!