A "Swedish Tea Ring" is a sweet bread that was originally prepared and eaten around Christmas time. Over time, this Swedish tradition became a popular dessert to have with tea or to serve as a light dessert. The ingredients for the Swedish Tea Ring are fairly basic, including items found in most kitchens at the time, such as eggs, flour, and shortening. This recipe creatively incorporates honey into its list of ingredients by substituting honey as the sweetener. Although this recipe is made with fairly simple ingredients, the baking techniques and methods are rather complicated. Due to the shape of the Swedish Tea Ring, forming the cake can be quite difficult as it involves hand rolling the batter into the ring shapes in order to bake them. This can be a very tedious task if one is unfamiliar with working with dough.
"Fruit Cake" is an older, classic dessert, its origins going back approximately 2000 years. It was a dish believed to have been created by the Romans who combined barley, pomegranate seeds, and nuts to create what they considered an "energy bar." Later, in the Middle Ages, this recipe was adapted and fruit cakes were being made with honey, different spices, and preserved fruits. Within Honey and Some of the Ways it May be Used, the Honey Fruit Cake recipe provided requires a lengthy list of ingredients, including sour milk, molasses, almonds, cloves, brandy, and several others. This dessert is one of the more difficult recipes to recreate from the cookbook due to its long list of ingredients, as well as the time it takes to prepare and bake the cake. The recipe calls for the cake to be baked in a slow oven for two hours, which could be a disaster if the cake was not baked at the right temperature for the perfect amount of time. Fruit cake is meant to last a long time, so this dish can be eaten several years after it is made. In some cases, fruit cakes are consumed 25 years after being baked!