Prune Ring (Swedish Tea Ring)

From the kitchen of Grammie Watkins.

The Christmas favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup milk, scalded
  • 2 pkgs yeast (2 tbsp)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 lbs prunes, steamed and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

Cool scalded milk to warm, add yeast and stir to dissolve.
Add sugar, beaten eggs, salt, and flour. Mix well.
Add the ½ cup of cooled melted butter and mix well.
Turn out on to a floured board and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, working in a little additional flour if needed to prevent sticking to fingers.
Place dough in a large oiled bowl and turn to oil top.
Let rise covered in a warm place until doubled in bulk about 1 hour.
Divide dough in two balls.
Roll each ball as thin as possible into a oblong shape on a lightly floured board.
Brush with ½ the sugar, cinnamon, prunes and nuts.
Roll up like a jelly roll and join ends to form a ring and place on an oiled (or parchment paper) baking sheet.
Cut with scissors from outer part of roll toward center but not entirely to center, into ½ inch slices.
Shape slices by pulling out and flattening down, one over the other.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until nicely browned. While rings are still warm frost with a simple confectioners sugar icing.
Let cool and enjoy!

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