Festive Vegan Tea Ring (Vegan Swedish Tea Ring)
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Swedish
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Serves: 1 tea ring, serves 6 - 8
 
This festive vegan tea ring is a vegan twist on a Christmas breakfast favourite.
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • ½ tbsp ground flax + 1½ tbsp water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ⅜ cup maple syrup (6 tbsp)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2¼ cup unbleached all purpose spelt flour*
  • ½ tbsp instant yeast
For the filling:
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar*
  • ½ tsp chai spice or cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup chopped dried fruit and nuts*
  • ½ tbsp mixed peel
  • ½ tbsp vegan butter
Optional:
  • glazed cherries for decorating
  • almond milk for brushing the tea ring
For the glaze:
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • ½ tbsp almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • (optional) ¼ tsp almond extract
Instructions
Make the dough:
  1. Whisk together the ground flax and water in a small bowl and set aside
  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until it is warm but not hot, about 82C/180F
  3. Pour the milk into a large bowl and add in the maple syrup, salt and vegan butter
  4. Stir until the butter melts and the mixture is lukewarm, about 52C/125F or whatever temp your yeast calls for
  5. Whisk together the flour and yeast in another bowl and add 1½ cups of the flour mixture to the liquid along with the flax, mixing until just combined, then stir in the remaining flour
  6. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead for 8 - 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much flour to the dough as this can make the dough tough and hard to work with
  7. Place the dough into a greased bowl and lightly grease the top then cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled, about 1 - 2 hours depending on the temperature. I put mine in the oven (while it was off!) since it's the warmest place in my kitchen right now. The microwave may be another good option if you're also in a colder climate
Make the filling:
  1. While the dough is resting, combine the sugar and spices in a small bowl
  2. Transfer half that mixture to another bowl along with the fruit, nuts and mixed peel
Form the tea ring:
  1. Punch down the risen dough and roll into a rectangle about 7"x12", or whatever size you prefer
  2. Brush the rolled out dough with vegan butter and sprinkle with the other half of the sugar and spice mixture
  3. Top with fruit and nut mixture, leaving about ½ an inch free along the edges
  4. Roll up the dough like you would a cinnamon roll, starting at the longer side
  5. Seal the edges firmly by pressing it them into the roll with your fingertips
  6. Snip off the ends where there wasn't any filling and bring them together to form a ring. Be sure to seal the end well
  7. Using a scissors, cut ¾ way into the dough at 1" intervals and turn each slice carefully on its side like a fan (see photo above)
  8. Cover and let rise again until doubled, about 30 - 45 mins
Bake the tea ring:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Brush the dough with almond milk and decorate with cherries if using. I pressed some into the exposed fan part of the ring but you can also sprinkle them on the ring itself if desired
  3. Bake for 15 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. You don't want this to burn so start watching it at the 15 minute mark and cover with foil for last 5 - 10 minutes if you think it's browning too quickly
  4. Allow to cool partially before drizzling with icing sugar glaze
Notes
* Can sub for all purpose white flour
* I used a mix of slivered almonds, black currants and raisins
Recipe by Diary of an ExSloth at http://www.exsloth.com/vegan-tea-ring-swedish-tea-ring/