Ingredient: milk

Swedish Tea Ring

During the holidays in Sweden, many people celebrate Saint Lucia Day as well as Christmas. Saint Lucia day falls on December 13th and honors the Saint Lucia, who is known to bring love, kindness and light to the Swedish people during the dark times of winter. On the morning of December 13th, a family’s eldest daughter dresses in a long white nightgown and places a wreath lined with ligonberries and nine candles on her head. She wakes the household carrying coffee and baked treats, such as saffron buns, tea cakes and gingerbread cookies. Saint Lucia’s presence on this morning symbolizes the return of light and a joyous start to the holiday season. Here, Tea’s Design Director, Hannah Robinson, shares her family’s Swedish Tea Ring recipe.

Swedish Tea Ring
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"When I think about my family’s holiday traditions, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful Swedish tea ring that my mom makes every Christmas morning. By the time I get out of bed, my mom has already formed the kneaded dough into a ring and has placed it in the oven to bake. Quite frankly, nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet dough baking when it’s chilly outside! After the tea ring cools, my mom adds a festive touch by lightly drizzling icing across the top of it and placing a crimson-colored candle in the center. We then gather as a family to start our day of celebration by opening stockings and each enjoying at least one slice of my mom's delicious breakfast treat."
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"When I think about my family’s holiday traditions, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful Swedish tea ring that my mom makes every Christmas morning. By the time I get out of bed, my mom has already formed the kneaded dough into a ring and has placed it in the oven to bake. Quite frankly, nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet dough baking when it’s chilly outside! After the tea ring cools, my mom adds a festive touch by lightly drizzling icing across the top of it and placing a crimson-colored candle in the center. We then gather as a family to start our day of celebration by opening stockings and each enjoying at least one slice of my mom's delicious breakfast treat."
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8people 20 minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
8people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the dough, start by scalding the milk and stirring in the butter, sugar and salt. Cool to a lukewarm temperature. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add milk mixture, eggs and half of the flour to the yeast and beat until smooth. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as necessary to make the dough slightly stiff.
  2. Turn dough on floured board and let rest 5 minutes. Knead the dough 5-8 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Put in greased bowl and grease the top. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until double in size (which will take about 1 hour).
  3. To make the tea ring, start by working the butter into the sugar. Add in a lemon peel and almonds and mix well. Roll dough into a 14" x 10" rectangle and sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over the dough.
  4. Arrange dried fruit evenly over all and roll up from the long side. Form it into a circle on a greased baking sheet and seal ends together firmly. Snip the dough with scissors from the edge of the circle—3/4 of the way to the center every 1 1/2".
  5. Turn the cut pieces on their sides. Place a greased tin can in the center to keep the hole round for a non-drip candle. Cover and let it rise until it’s double in bulk (which will take about 1 hour).
  6. Now, to make the icing, mix all the icing ingredients together. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees. Bake it for 25-30 minutes. Let it cool and lightly drizzle icing on top of it. To finish it up, place a candle in the center and enjoy the start to your holiday!
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Baguette French Toast

Baguette French Toast
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The day after Thanksgiving may be the toughest time to cook for people who have hosted the big feast the day before. In my family, my stepmom calls it her day of rest. Her baguette french toast is the absolute perfect solution to keeping us all well fed with minimal effort on her part. She uses leftover (if there is any!) baguettes from dinner and throws any fruit she has in it, our favorite are blueberries! The best part about this breakfast, or brunch, is that you can make it the day before and pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat.
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The day after Thanksgiving may be the toughest time to cook for people who have hosted the big feast the day before. In my family, my stepmom calls it her day of rest. Her baguette french toast is the absolute perfect solution to keeping us all well fed with minimal effort on her part. She uses leftover (if there is any!) baguettes from dinner and throws any fruit she has in it, our favorite are blueberries! The best part about this breakfast, or brunch, is that you can make it the day before and pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat.
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6servings 10minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Arrange the slices of bread in a single layer in the dish.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add in the milk, nutmeg, vanilla, and 3/4 cup of the brown sugar. Stir well to mix.
  4. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and let sit for 8 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight.
  5. The next morning, or when you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, stirring well.
  6. Top the egg mixture with the pecans and blueberries, then drizzle on the butter sauce.
  7. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes, or until set and golden brown on the top. Serve warm with maple syrup.
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Grandma Lucy’s Meatballs

Recipe submitted by Danielle of CITYGIRLGONEMOM.COM

Growing up as an Italian girl in NYC, many recipes, stories and traditions were had in the kitchen.

I can still hear my grandma Lucy yelling for me, “Daniella, come in the kitchen and help grandma roll the meatballs!”

The smell of roasting garlic and her stories about past loves and being a child with 12 brothers and sisters always had me mesmerized. She grew up in a building where Lincoln Center stands today. She shared a room with 5 of her siblings. I was always amazed at that. When they got the notice they had to leave the building to build Lincoln Center, they migrated to Brooklyn. Lucy lived for a beautiful 90 years and we talk about her often. Cooking for her family was something she cherished and her recipes will continue to pass on generation after generation.

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Grandma Lucy's Meatballs
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Through the years we all have added a modern day spin to Grandma Lucy's meatballs. Don't forget to check the end of the recipe to see what our family adds to jazz it up. Another thing to note is many Italians don't measure ingredients, we just cook by the eye. Works great for our family, but if you need some measurements I have included them in this recipe.
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Through the years we all have added a modern day spin to Grandma Lucy's meatballs. Don't forget to check the end of the recipe to see what our family adds to jazz it up. Another thing to note is many Italians don't measure ingredients, we just cook by the eye. Works great for our family, but if you need some measurements I have included them in this recipe.
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak your breadcrumbs in milk and let all the milk absorb. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. Form meatballs. I like to roll them small and grandma rolled them rather big. TIP: Keep a large bowl of ice water handy and dip your hands in the ice water when forming your meatballs. It helps stop your hands from becoming a sticky mess. Stage your meatballs on a platter until they are all rolled and ready to cook. IF you find your meatballs are too soft and they will not hold their shape, then consider adding more breadcrumbs. If they are too hard, consider adding another egg.
  2. Fry them in a skillet, that has an ample amount of canola oil or olive oil. Turning them as the “sides” brown. I have baked them on baking racks at 450, turning every 15 or so minutes.
  3. Drop them in your gigantic pot of sauce and let them continue to cook until you are ready to eat.
Our Modern Day Spin
  1. My rendition: I don't like to make my own bread crumbs, I enjoy using panko and a handful of basil in my meatball mixture. I also use ground turkey instead of the pork and ground beef. I have also used pureed carrots and have thrown that in.
  2. Uncle Frank: He, believe it or not, likes to add raisins. Don't ask why... He enjoys the sweetness.
  3. My dear friend Liz: She doesn't use chopped garlic, she uses a roasted garlic powder and likes the brand Penzys.
  4. My Cousin Angela: Grates zucchini for the health benefits and also only uses ground pork.
  5. My Cousin Damian: Beef & Veal and he says NO Basil.
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Peach Cobbler

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Peach Cobbler
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"A cup, a cup, a cup, a stick" is how I've always remembered my mom's cobbler recipe. This isn't the kind of cobbler you might be thinking of... the kind that resembles a pie. This cobbler is ooey, gooey and more like a cake. It's not gluten-free, vegan or healthy whatsoever. But I can promise you one thing... It's delicious. Growing up in Texas, it was a staple dessert in the summer months, but after moving around the country I've learned that it can be made with any in-season fruit no matter the time of year. Best served with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
Peach Cobbler
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"A cup, a cup, a cup, a stick" is how I've always remembered my mom's cobbler recipe. This isn't the kind of cobbler you might be thinking of... the kind that resembles a pie. This cobbler is ooey, gooey and more like a cake. It's not gluten-free, vegan or healthy whatsoever. But I can promise you one thing... It's delicious. Growing up in Texas, it was a staple dessert in the summer months, but after moving around the country I've learned that it can be made with any in-season fruit no matter the time of year. Best served with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
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1cobbler 10minutes 45-60minutes
Servings Prep Time
1cobbler 10minutes
Cook Time
45-60minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Depending how sweet your fruit is, add a little sugar and set aside while you fix the dough.
  2. Mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk in a bowl and stir well.
  3. Melt the stick of butter in a pie dish. I find that one not too deep works best. Pour in the "dough" and put the fruit on top. It will be a cake consistency.
  4. Bake at 350 until it doesn't jiggle in the middle. 45 minutes to an hour or longer. Dough should rise up over the fruit, but don't feel bad if it doesn't. It will still taste good!
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Masala Omelette

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Masala Omelette
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Indian meals are an elaborate feast for the eyes and the mouth. Flavors and spices play a large role in every meal, even if it is a simple omelette at breakfast! When our team was in India, they had this delicious omelette one morning and raved about this twist on a traditional American omelette.
Masala Omelette
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Indian meals are an elaborate feast for the eyes and the mouth. Flavors and spices play a large role in every meal, even if it is a simple omelette at breakfast! When our team was in India, they had this delicious omelette one morning and raved about this twist on a traditional American omelette.
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1 10minutes 2minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 10minutes
Cook Time
2minutes
Instructions
  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl until frothy. Excluding the oil, add the rest of the ingredients. Heat oil (or butter) in a frying pan.
  2. Once it is hot, reduce heat and add egg mixture – swirl it around the pan. Cook on a low to medium flame until the sides are cooked and the underside is slightly brown. The center may appear uncooked and liquidy, not to worry! Slowly flip over and cook the other side for 30 seconds.
  3. Fold the omelette in half and flip onto a plate! Serve with fruit or bread. Note: You can add any vegetables you have in the fridge!
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