Many years ago there was a death in my family. From that time on, it was so hard for me to keep from being terribly depressed at Christmas. I discovered this recipe and began making coffeecakes for friends, neighbors, all the people Ed worked with at the court, teachers, mailmen, garbage workers, etc. Always, I said, “This must be eaten on Christmas morning.” I have made thousands, I’m sure, in the 30+ years I’ve been doing them.
Suz’s Christmas Coffeecake
½ cup butter 3 tablespoons water
½ cup (or more) pecan halves, chopped 2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 cup packed brown sugar
Spray a bundt pan lightly with cooking spray. Put 8 pecan halves in rounded part of pan. Melt butter. Put 2 tablespoons melted butter in the bottom of the bundt pan. Add 3 tablespoons water to the pan you took the butter from. Add the brown sugar to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir, add pecans, and boil briefly.
Open can of rolls. Do NOT unroll. Cut each can of rolls into 8 circles. Lay 8 circles in bottom of bundt pan over the pecan halves. Pour half the butter/brown sugar/pecan mixture over layer of circles. Repeat with balance of circles, but alternate them where they are not directly on top of first layer. Pour remaining butter/brown sugar mixture on top.
Bake for 30 minutes or so. Let sit 3 minutes. Turn over onto a platter sprayed with cooking spray. (Put plate on top. Get 2 pot holders. Hold both sides tightly & turn over very quickly.) They are very hot. I make so many I let them cool just a little, then move to an 8 inch Christmas plate. These freeze beautifully. Move to refrigerator on Christmas Eve. In the morning, warm in microwave, very briefly and serve.
~ Suzanne Threadgill
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:
God of the Loving Heart, we all share different gifts and talents each and every day. Some of us share a special gift such as: listening, handy work, cooking, writing, friendship, and so many more. Help us to use our gifts to your service and glory, perhaps by preparing a hot meal for someone out in the cold, sewing a blanket for someone who is lonely, listening to a friend going through troubled times, or being the light of Christ in a sometimes dark world. Amen.