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christmas day and a new tradition

December 27, 2010

Mom made something new for Christmas Day breakfast. It was so good. I believe it’s become a new tradition.

Swedish Tea Log

2 pkg. active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm milk

4-1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 eggs

1/2 cup dried currants (optional; Mom didn’t use these)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

4-6 Tbsp. heavy cream

Dissolve yeast in warm milk and let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. Meanwhile, put 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 at least 2 hours. For filling, cream 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in pecans and set aside.

Divide dough into 6 parts. Roll out each part on floured surface to a 12×6″ rectangle and spread each with 1/6 of the pecan filling. Roll up, starting with 12″ side, pinching dough to seal. Place in a crescent shape on foil-lined or parchment-lined cookie sheets, seam side down. Make cuts along outside edge of crescent, 1″ apart, to within 1/2″ of other side. Turn cut pieces on their sides, twisting the dough slightly. Repeat with remaining dough to make six coffee cakes.

Let rise in 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 5-10 minutes to baking time. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Carefully remove from cookie sheets to wire racks using 2 spatulas and frost while warm.

For frosting, heat 1/2 cup butter in heavy saucepan. Watching carefully, cook butter until it just begins to turn light brown. It burns very easily, so don’t leave the stove during this step! Beat in powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough cream for desired spreading consistency. Frost coffeecakes. Makes 6 coffeecakes that serve 36.

After opening our stockings, we had a wonderful Christmas breakfast: Swedish Tea Log, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, fresh pinneapple and Mimosas. It was delicious. Afterwards we relaxed and read and watched movies and talked to extended family on the phone.

Then we put together another feast for Christmas Dinner: ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, peas and sweet potatoe casserole. The sweet potatoes were my dish. Have to have the marshmallows 🙂

And that was our Christmas Day. It was perfect. I am so thankful for all the memories. For my family. For rest. For simple pleasures.


From → Personal, Recipes

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