Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sticky Bun Sunday

Breakfast time was never my favorite growing up.  I was (most of the time am still) not a morning person & as I kid, I spent many a mornings at our dinner table struggling to stay awake to eat my oatmeal.  But every once in a while, on a special morning, my Mom would make sticky buns.  And they were often the breakfast I'd request for the morning after sleepovers & slumber parties at our house.  They were always a treat, & even now, still make breakfast pretty special.

This morning, I woke up with a craving that only the sweet, sticky, pecan jeweled sticky bun could fill.  And this recipe is so easy, you can get it in the oven before the coffee's even ready.

Mom's Sticky Buns

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 karo syrup
Pecan pieces to taste
1 can of your favorite biscuits

Start by preheating the oven according to your can of biscuits directions.  Slice the 1/4 cup of butter into the bottom of a pie or cake pan & place in the oven, just until the butter is melted.  Once the butter is melted, remove from oven and add brown sugar & syrup and mix together with a fork or small whisk.  Add in pecans & stir together.  (I used about a half cup of pecans this morning...but in my family, the more the better, so just use as many as you'd like).  Open tube of biscuits and arrange directly on top of the pecan mixture.  Bake according to the biscuit can directions.  Remove from oven once baked & quickly, but carefully, turn over onto a large plate or platter.  

See, told ya it was easy.  The biscuits come out extremely soft, and the slightly sticky, caramely sauce goes perfectly with the pecans.  It's a match made in Sunday morning breakfast heaven!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Special Order

This evening I worked on an order that pulled on my heart strings much more than I expected.  A friend ask me to make a few dozen plain sugar cookies for her nephew.  My mother made sugar cookies for most holidays; she was famous for the. & they were always expected to be at Christmas gatherings. Thiugh most of her cookies were adorned with thin powdered sugar or buttercream icing, she always made a few that were only sprinkled with colored sugar.  As a child, those were always my favorite.  I'd turn them all over when choosing one to eat, looking for the lightest ones because I craved the extra soft cookies.

So this evening, when I set out to make this order of sugar dusted cookies, I decided to use my Mom's famous recipe.  It came from our community's St. Lawrence Catholic Church cookbook years ago & she never used any other.  I didn't really think about it until I was mixing the dough, but this is the first time I've made these cookies since last Christmas, when I baked them with my Mom & sister.  My mom is gone now & making her famous cookies tonight were very bittersweet.  But I'm so glad I get to keep her tradition going.