- 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, cubed
- 2 eggs
- 12 ounces dried apricots, diced
- 2 cups water
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 teaspoons orange juice
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a saucepan, heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Beat in eggs until smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In a saucepan, combine the apricots and water. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until the water is absorbed and apricots are tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the brown sugar, juice and nuts. Cool.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Spread half of the filling over each rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up each jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
- Place seam side down on greased baking sheets; pinch ends of each together to form a ring. With scissors, cut each from outside edge two-thirds toward center of ring at 1 in. intervals. Separate strips slightly: twist so filling shows, slightly overlapping with previous piece. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375° for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm tea rings. Yield: 2 rings.
Reviews forApricot Tea Rings
"adgiam-believe it or not, healthy yeast will raise dough even in the refrigerator. (It takes longer, so 'overnight' works well.) Both my mom and her mom (excellent bakers) had recipes using refrigerated dough. It's nice for getting the dough made to be ready for finishing in the morning. Give it a try!"
"I am no baker, but this recipe says "refrigerate overnight" Can that be correct? I heard of "cover and let rise", it just does not sound right? Please explain.Anna"