Swedish Tea Log

Swedish Tea Log
Swedish Tea Log. Linda Larsen
  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 12-14
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
443 Calories
32g Fat
38g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 12-14
Amount per serving
Calories 443
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 3g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

I adore this recipe for Swedish Tea Log, which is the most perfect coffeecake ever. This rich yeast coffee cake filled with brown sugar and nuts is traditional at every one of my family gatherings.

This recipe is a little bit difficult to make, but it's not impossible for anyone who has ever used yeast before. The most important tip is to make sure you don't handle the dough too much. Since this dough is made in an unusual way - it's basically a pie crust method with yeast - it is more fragile than typical yeast dough.


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 4-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.
  3. Meanwhile, put the flour, 1/4 cup sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl and cut in 1 cup butter until particles are fine. Add 1/2 cup cream, eggs, softened yeast and currants and mix well. Cover and chill this dough for at least 2 hours.
  4. For the filling, cream 1/3 cup butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the pecans and set aside.
  5. When you're ready to assemble the coffee cakes, divide the dough into 6 parts. Roll out each part on a floured surface to a 12" x 6" rectangle and spread each rectangle with 1/6 of the pecan filling.
  6. Roll up each rectangle, starting with the 12" side, pinching dough to seal. Place each roll in a crescent shape on foil-lined or parchment-lined cookie sheets, seam side down.
  7. Make cuts along the outside edge of the crescent, 1" apart, to within 1/2" of other side. Twist and turn the cut pieces on their sides. Repeat with the remaining dough to make six coffee cakes. I put three coffee cakes together on 1 cookie sheet.
  1. Let the coffee cakes rise in a warm place until light, about 45 minutes. You can also, at this point, refrigerate the coffee cakes, covered, overnight. Then bake as directed in the morning, adding 5 to 10 minutes to baking time.
  2. When the coffee cakes have risen, bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Carefully remove each coffee cake from the cookie sheets to wire racks using 2 spatulas. Frost while warm.
  3. For the frosting, melt the butter. Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough cream for desired spreading consistency. Frost the coffee cakes.