Do any of you have a recipe which you remember from childhood? The one where you close your eyes and you can taste it, smell the ingredients, remember how you felt when you baked it and the first time you tasted it.
That is how I feel about this recipe. I spent a lot of time as an adult trying to find this recipe. When the internet bought recipes to our fingertips I poured over websites looking for Easter Tea Rings but I never found quite the right recipe.
Then last year my mum moved house and whilst we packed recipe books I asked her if she remembered where we got the recipe from. She pulls out a 1970’s Cordon Bleu cookery book filled with recipes from another era and there it was.
Me and mum decided we would make one together for Easter for the children. This was a little painful for us as we are both currently doing slimming world!
The basis of the dish is a coffee bread foundation dough.
1lb Plain Flour
Pinch of salt
7fl oz Milk
1oz Yeast (or 7g pack of easy bake yeast)
4oz Caster Sugar
2 Eggs (beaten)
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
Add the butter and yeast to a bowl. Warm the milk and add to the butter and yeast.
Stir until the butter dissolves.
Add the sugar and beaten eggs and mix well.
Add this mixture into the flour until it forms a dough.
Knead until it is elastic.
Place a wet tea towel over the bowl and place somewhere warm such as an airing cupboard for 45mins until it is well risen.
Knock down the dough and prove for a second time.
Easter Tea Bread
1 Quantity of Foundation Dough
2oz Caster Sugar
2 oz Raisins
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
Roll the dough out into an oblong and sprinkle with the butter, raisins, sugar and cinnamon.
Roll tightly from the wide end of the oblong.
Curl the dough around to make a ring and then pinch the ends together.
Snip the ring at regular intervals with scissors.
Cover with a cloth and prove for 20 mins.
Bake at 180 Degrees C for 25 mins.
Mix the icing sugar with a little water to make a place icing and pour over each section.
So pretty, so tasty, and the children loved it. It is like a giant Danish Pastry!