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Swedish Tea Ring

Swedish Tea Ring is a delicious pastry. It uses cardamom as a flavorful ingredient. Cardamom has a citrus flavor and is very scrumptious.


About a month ago, my friend who leads our women’s Bible study at church took a trip to Turkey.  After her return, she was telling us about Turkish coffee.  Apparently it is very thick.  It still has the grounds in it.  But they add something else to it.  She thought it might be cardamom.  I had a recipe for a Swedish Tea Ring that  called for cardamom.  I made one last week and she thinks that that is the flavor.  After a little research, that indeed is the flavor.

What does Cardamom taste like?

Cardamom has a citrus flavor with a little zest. It has a deep flavor that is so wonderful.  It’s a little sweet and a little spicy.

Black Cardamom vs Green Cardamom

Black Cardamom is less available. It’s not the one you would buy in the spice aisle at your local grocery store. It is better for savory foods. It has more of a menthol flavor. 

Green Cardamom is far more common and is what you will buy in your grocery store. Because of it’s citrusy flavor, it’s great in desserts or breakfast pastries. 

I am part Swedish and I love learning more about my ancestry. A few other recipes that are tied to my ancestry that I’ve blogged about are Runzas, Swedish Snowball Cookies, Lussekatter Buns, and Spritz Cookies.

Yield: 2 Tea Rings

Swedish Tea Ring

Swedish Tea Ring

Swedish Tea Ring is a delicious pastry. It uses cardamom as a flavorful ingredient. Cardamom has a citrus flavor and is very scrumptious.

Dough Prep Time 2 hours
Assembly Time 1 hour
Second Rise & Baking & Finishing Time 2 hours
Total Time 5 hours



  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom, some stores have this in bulk so you don't have to buy a whole bottle


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • Egg Wash Ingredients
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp water


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Mix milk and water in microwave safe bowl. Heat to about 80 degrees (about 30 seconds in the microwave). 
  2. Add yeast and 1 Tbsp sugar, stir to dissolve. Pour into a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Add 2 cups flour and mix until smooth.
  4. Mix in butter, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, salt, and cardamom.
  5. Stir in 2 to 2 1/2 cups flour. Mix until a shaggy dough. (I had to add more flour because mine was very sticky.)
  6. Either turn out dough on to floured counter or switch to dough hook in your stand mixer. Need dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Add flour as needed.
  7. Place dough in greased bowl, cover and allow to rise in warm place until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. I put mine on top of the stove with the oven on 200º.
  8. After dough has double, punch down and divide in two. Place half back in the bowl and the other half place on a floured surface. Roll dough out to about 18 x 10.
  9. Brush dough with 1 Tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup almonds. 
  10. Roll dough up jelly roll style. So you have a roll about 18 inches long. Place dough on a sheet pan in a ring connecting the two ends.
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut slits in dough almost all the way through about 1" apart.
  12. Cover and allow to rise in warm place for an hour. Repeat with the other half of the dough. 
  13. Once risen, brush with egg wash. Bake in oven 20 - 30 minutes, until browned on top. 
  14. On a sheet pan, spread sliced almonds out. Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes. 
  15. Mix powdered sugar and milk to the consistency you want. Drizzle rings with icing and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve. You can serve warm or cooled.


This recipe makes two rings.

Recipe adapted from Simple Bites

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Saturday 22nd of March 2014

My mom uses cinnamon in her recipe, but I think cardamom would be delicious too! Pinning!

Kerry C

Saturday 22nd of March 2014

Cardamom gives it great flavor. I had never used cardamom until I made this. I love it and need to find some more things to use it in.

Kerry C

Saturday 13th of April 2013

Thanks for stopping by our page, Cynthia, Kasey, & Jackie.

Jackie Kocurek

Friday 12th of April 2013

Looks really good! Thanks for sharing on Tried and True Recipes!

Kasey Norton

Wednesday 10th of April 2013

That looks amazing! I just bookmarked this and am going to try it! Thank you for linking up last Wednesday at Have a blessed week!

Cynthia Landrie

Sunday 7th of April 2013

Wow, this looks just fantastic! Love all of the ingredients! It makes me think of something my German grandmother would make! Found your site from the Scrumptious Sunday party! Now following your social media!

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