Makes 2 large rings
1 recipe risen Sweet Dough
1 stick softened butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp cardamom
Optional: raisins or other dried fruit
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine sugars, cinnamon, cardamom, nuts and dried fruit in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cut dough into two portions; work with one portion at a time.
Press/shape dough into 9x15" oblong. Spread soft butter over dough. Sprinkle dough with sugar mixture; press lightly into dough.
Roll dough up, starting with long side, into a tight cylinder. Seal edges and ends.
Place rolled dough onto greased cookie sheet, shape into tight ring (use a little water to seal ends together).
WIth scissors or dough scraper, cut about 2/3 into ring in 2" intervals, all the way around the ring. Turn each cut piece outwards, so cut side is facing up. .Repeat with second dough portion.
Let rings rise, covered with plastic wrap, for 30 minutes or until puffy. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Allow to cool slightly; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate with white icing (confectioner's sugar mixed with milk until pourable),