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Gather Ingredients for Cinnamon Tea Rings
Cinnamon tea rings are a common gift bread made during the Christmas season and it's a perfect option if you prefer to avoid fruit bread. You can add cranberries, raisins, or nuts if you like, but the tea rings are just as delicious with icing alone.
This recipe makes 6 beautiful tea rings. This leaves you with plenty of sweet bread to serve after Christmas dinner and to gift to friends and relatives.
First, gather all the ingredients you'll need to make your cinnamon tea rings.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Mix the Batter
In a large bowl, mix together the following ingredients:
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon mace
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 2 1/2 tablespoon yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
Stir in 6 cups of all-purpose flour.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Cover and Let Rise
Cover the batter with a clean cloth or plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Make Sugar Mixture and Add to Batter
In a separate medium bowl, use a mixer to cream the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
Stir butter mixture into flour batter.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Add more flour to the batter, half a cup at a time, until a dough ball is formed. When the dough chases the spoon around the bowl, turn dough out onto floured board and knead until smooth and elastic.
Put dough into large, greased bowl. Turn dough over so that the top is also greased. Cover with clean cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for an hour.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Roll and Add Filling
Punch down dough and knead for a few minutes to remove air bubbles.
Divide dough into six equal parts.
In a medium bowl, mix together:
- 3 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons cinnamon
Roll each dough part into a rectangle that is about 3/8 inch thick.
Spread 2 tablespoons butter on each rectangle.
Cover each rectangle with 1/2 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
If desired, cover each rectangle with a 1/2 cup (or less) of chopped nuts, raisins, or cranberries.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Roll Up and Form Into Rings
Roll each rectangle up like a jelly roll. Pinch seams together.
Form dough into circle and pinch ends together.
Place on greased cookie sheets.
Use a sharp knife to cut the dough 1/3 to 1/2 way through at intervals.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F and let rings rise until double in size.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Bake and Ice
Bake each ring for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Last, make the icing:
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons milk
Remove tea rings from oven and spread with icing while bread is hot. Let cool on rack.