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Homemade Caramel Coffee Ring

watermelon     bear_aug2013 I always think of Labor Day as the end of Summer . . . but you couldn’t tell it by the temperature outside. Too hot for man or beast . . . or should I say Bear. So David and I try to get a few yard chores done by 10 o’clock then spend rest of the time inside making a list of all the things we need to do ‘when it gets cooler’. I haven’t even felt like cooking. Although I did smoke about 20 links of sausage and Boudain yesterday – for the freezer naturally. Bear has not had any real meat or table food – but you could tell yesterday the way he was following us around and the way his nose kept twitching, he just knew he was missing out on something really good. Sorry Pup. If you’d like to see more pics of Bear, visit this link.




cookedbrisketboudainOne thing we miss living in the country is having a real bakery with all those wonderful pastries. In Houston, our favorite bakery was Three Brothers – don’t even know if they are still in business – but they had the most fantastic coffee cakes, breads and other gooey treats. Sigh. Guess that is why I’m always looking for – and trying – new pastry items at the grocery. Believe it or not, finally found a good one – Awesome Almond Coffee Cake by Skinner Baking Co.     They offer a variety of goods but so far the Almond Coffee Cake is my favorite. The Cinnamon Krumble is good – but for us it needed something more, so I added chopped pecans and a light drizzle of frosting (powdered sugar mixed with a little water) to the top. That did it! Gave it a little crunch and a little sweeter flavor. It’s now become our number two favorite.   skinnerdanish


Being able to just ‘open and serve’ is so nice once in a while, but IF I decide to try baking my own morning pastry, think I’ll try the recipe I found for Caramel-Ring. It’s made from refrigerated bread dough so there’s no waiting for yeast to rise plus it has pecans, butter and caramel – how could it not be good?! Recipe follows . . . and if you’re looking for sugar free, try replacing the sugar with Splenda and the other ‘sweet’ ingredients with sugar free versions of the products.


Caramel Ring


  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 packages (11 oz. / 12 each) refrigerated breadsticks
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 2 tablespoons maple flavored syrup



  1. Grease a 10″ fluted tube pan.
  2. Sprinkle half of the pecans in the bottom, set aside
  3. In small bowl stir together sugar and cinnamon, set aside
  4. Separate the packages of breadstick dough on perforated lines. You’ll have 12 spiral pieces – DO NOT UNROLL
  5. Cut pieces in half crosswise
  6. Dip each section into the melted butter then roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture
  7. Place pieces into tube pan on top of pecans
  8. Sprinkle top with remainder of chopped pecans
  9. In small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the caramel topping and syrup, then drizzle over dough pieces
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until light brown (NOTE: cover with aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.)
  11. Remove from oven and let stand for 1 minute ONLY.
  12. Invert onto serving plate, spooning any remaining pecans and topping from pan onto the coffee ring.













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