Published Feb 04, 2010 in Breads

Recipe Clipping For Basic Sweet DoughThis recipe was clipped from Family Circle Magazine and published in 1978, this was found in a large collection. Recipe is typed below along with a scanned copy.


This light and rich yeast dough can be used for making all kinds of sweet breads. “Sometimes I just shape the dough into bowknots and put a gob of jelly in the center of each,” Mrs. Harris says. But more often, she will save half the dough for an Apricot-Pecan Tea Ring.

Makes enough for one (10-inch) Apricot Tea Ring and 16 sweet rolls.

2 envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup very warm water
1 cup milk, scalded
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
2 teaspoons salt
5 to 5 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon ground mace

  1. Sprinkle yeast over very warm water in a large bowl (very warm water should feel comfortably warm when dropped on wrist). Stir until yeast dissolves.
  2. Combine scalded milk with sugar, butter and salt, stirring until sugar dissolves and butter melts. Cool mixture to 105° – 115° F.
  3. Add milk mixture to yeast, then beat in 2 cups of the flour. Beat in the eggs, lemon rind and mace. Mix in the remaining 3 to 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, to make a soft but manageable dough. If weather is humid, you may need slightly more flour.
  4. Turn dough out on a well-floured surface (you’ll find the dough very sticky at first, so keep your hands well floured, too). Knead lightly for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place dough in a warm buttered bowl; turn buttered side up. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in volume–about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Punch dough down and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide the dough in half, then use half for preparing an Apricot-Pecan Tea Ring and the other half for your favorite sweet rolls.
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Published 4 February, 2010 in 5:05 pm

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Marianne Ward
Published 22 March, 2016 in 1:58 am

I made this tea ring today and it turned out great. This is a good basic sweet dough, not to much work and very versatile. I used almond paste instead of pecans and put a glaze on after it came out of the oven, but that’s about it as far as changes are concerned. Delicious! Thank you.

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