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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


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.

candles for the children


Well, I Am Back From Vacation! 7/31/2012

Just a little heads up.  I am back from spending a lovely, peaceful and fun week at the lake (Newfound Lake, New Hampshire).

Spent a wonderful week that went by wayyyyy too fast.  Had some great food, good weather and awesome campfires.

Here are a few pics and everything is back to normal.  Five calls from clients while I was away!!!! Quilt orders are coming in and being done in the order received, unless there is a particular date they are needed for a gift then I put a rush on it.  Get your orders for memory/memorial quilts in A.S.A.P.  I am happy to work with you on fabric and color choices….as well as size and pics and/or machine embroidered personalization.  Holidays are less than 5 months away!!! Contact me with questions and feel free to click above on my studio tab!!

I very much enjoyed my vacation, but am happy to be home and happy getting back to work..

Hope you are all having a great and productive week.


Only 2 More Days!!!!!!

There are only……

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more days, till Christmas!!!!!!
Wow, time seems to be really flying…..I am so happy I am all done everything and just need to pack the truck in the morning and be off to Maine to be with kids and grandmiracles for the weekend!!!!  Can’t wait!!!!

Only 3 More Days!!!!!!

There are only……

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more days until Christmas!!!!
I just can’t wait…I don’t care anything about presents…I just love the spirit in the air, the bright lights, the glistening snow at night, the cuddling with loved ones, the faces on my grandmiracles’ faces and the music….

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Are You Counting Down?

The countdown is on and time is flying by.  I am all done all my handmade gifts.  The last of the purchased are scheduled to be delivered by USPS, UPS and FedEx today…I will wrap them, tag them and be done.  Yayyyyy!!!!

Friends from California will be visiting on Sunday….very exciting.

Then all I have to do is pray for no blizzard or ice storm to keep us from driving an hour and a half to our daughter’s home to spend Christmas Eve and Day with her and the grandmiracles!!!!

Christmas is my favorite holiday for many reasons, but it is also, as I grow older the most exhausting.  I guess no matter how old you get, it is very hard to understand that not everything will or can be perfect, no matter how hard you try or what you put yourself through.  The worse part is, no one else will be disappointed or have a problem, just me…..you just get too hard on yourself, too emotional, and certainly it is most difficult to realize I am getting older and it would be acceptable to slow it down a bit but the brain hasn’t caught up to the body, so they constantly argue….body wants to rest, brain is thinking and planning on the next task…….

In any case, Christmas is only one week away…..I do have to make one trip out there to do stocking stuffers, which I usually like to save for a day close to Christmas in hopes of a little snowfall and to be in the rush of it all without worrying about finding the ‘perfect’ anything.  This year, I really don’t want snow because since our temps have been way above average for way too long since Thanksgiving I am afraid when it starts it won’t stop….so I will hopefully get these things done soon.  🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy and memorable Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

I apologize for not being here for so long, but truly was overwhelmed with all the gifts to make, and helping daughter move, and not feeling well.  However, it’s all good now…and I will be back more often when the Holidays are over but for sure one or two more times before the end of this year!!!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

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