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Swedish Pastry Rings

Although my family is of Polish and German descent, we sure enjoy this sweet bit of Sweden! Mom was always sure to make this for Easter breakfast.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 pastry rings (12-16 servings each)


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup warm evaporated milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons evaporated milk


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. In a large another large bowl, dissolve yeast and remaining sugar in warm water. Add milk, egg and crumb mixture; beat until well blended. Stir in currants. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Line two baking sheets with foil and grease the foil; set aside. For filling, in a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy; stir in pecans.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 14x7-in. rectangle; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal.
  • Place loaves seam side down on prepared pans; pinch ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly; twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • For glaze, in a small saucepan, cook butter over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over pastry rings.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 129 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Irascible_Baker
    Aug 9, 2016

    I am stunned with how easy this recipe was!I was so alarmed when I opened the fridge and saw that the dough hadn't risen at all - there was nothing to punch down, and it was super dense, almost like a chilled cookie dough. I wrung it in my hands a couple of times to thaw it out and was shocked that it rolled out just like it was supposed to.I had to use a full recipe of filling for EACH ring, as half simply wouldn't distribute across the entire rolled-out pastry. If that's wrong, I don't want to be right, because it looked (and tasted) perfect.I had no trouble removing the THOROUGHLY greased foil from the finished products; I had to use a few teaspoons extra evaporated milk to get the consistency to where I wanted.These rings were fabulous. They looked small before I baked them, but they puffed up to a very convenient size; a solid 9 inches in diameter. The glaze is magnificent, the pastry is tender where it's sandwiched between the filling layers and it's nice and crunchy on the outside, very firm. I served it at my weekly teatime meet; our guest admired the beautiful presentation, and my mother told me, "To look at it, it's one of those desserts where you would definitely think, 'oh, I could only have a little of that.' But then I tried some and I couldn't stop eating it..."

  • germanycook
    Jun 2, 2016

    Pastry is a good description, because although these look like bread rolls, they are definitely more pastry-like! Absolutely delicious......I'm going to have to freeze these right away before we eat any more! I didn't use the raisins in the dough but didn't make a difference. I was skeptical how only 2-1/4 cups of flour could make 2 rings but it did.

  • vschulteis
    Nov 17, 2012

    I made this from a TOH Best Holiday Gatherings EVERYONE loved this so much both rings were gone in about 10 min I was concerned that the dough didn't seam to rise as much as I thought it should but it came out just fine.