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Monday, September 5, 2011

Swedish Tea Log

This is something my mom used to make at holiday time and everyone loved it.   It is kinda like a danish pastry ring, but easier to make as you don't have all the folding and re-folding, with chilling between times.    It is very tender and buttery and utterly delicious.   Be sure to use real butter when making this, as margarine just won't cut it.   I have no idea where Mama got this recipe, I'm just happy that she did!

1 pkg. dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold butter, sliced
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 egg

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside.   Combine the flour, sugar and salt, then cut in the slices of butter.   You want there to be pea sized chunks.   Add the milk, egg and yeast.   Mix well, then cover and chill for 2 hours.   Divide the dough into three parts.   Roll out each part on a floured board into an rectangle about a foot long.   Spread a mixture of 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 sugar, then sprinkle heavily with chopped almonds.   Roll up tightly and place the roll on a buttered cookie sheet.   Repeat with other two pieces of dough.   Allow to rise about 45 minutes, then bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.   Remove from cookie sheet to rack to cool.   While still slightly warm, make a glaze with:
2 tbsp. browned butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
milk as needed
Beat the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together, adding milk until you have a slightly pourable glaze.  Drizzle over the warm logs.   Allow to cool completely before cutting.