Breakfast is such a huge motivator in my life. I don’t let myself eat until after my workout. It’s good to have something to work toward!
Does that work for everyone? Nope. My friend is more of an evening exerciser. By that time, I am done and a half. Can barely move, except to lift the fork to my mouth to eat dessert. That’s my workout later in the day!
When you want a good breakfast treat that is homemade but easy, I recommend turning to refrigerated biscuits. Not to make biscuits with, silly. To make something far more fun. This salted caramel pecan pastry ring is delicious and perfect for the morning, not to mention pretty quick to put together. It takes the usual five minutes or so!
When I bake, I often listen to music. It helps pep everything up and I like to fling flour around while I dance in the privacy of my own kitchen. Sometimes the songs are a bit lacking, like this one on the radio lately that just will not stop.
I have no idea who sings it, so bear with me. It’s got lyrics that go something like, “If we’re talking bodies, you’ve got a perfect one so put it on me.” Wow. Those are some lyrics. Yes, I’m being a snob about it. I’m an English teacher.
But the most annoying part about the song is the kind-of chorus, where the singer just bleats one word: “Bodies.” Like, over and over. Or at least it seems to never end.
Why do I keep listening? Well, I don’t anymore. Now I change the station as soon as I realize what’s happening. But the first few times, it was like rubbernecking at a traffic accident. I just couldn’t listen away. I had to figure out if this was really a song.
If I’ve offended you because you love this artist, song, or bodies in general, sorry. I had to get that off my chest before moving onto a much more pleasant topic.
This miracle of a breakfast treat is made by dipping bits of refrigerated biscuit dough into a brown sugar and butter mixture laced with pecans and coarse sea salt. The result is quite lovely, and must be taken very seriously.
In other words, have plans to eat breakfast if you make this. Don’t skip it. Commit.
Breakfast should be something you look forward to, no matter what you crave. Hey, we all like different music, clearly. So we probably don’t all want sweet pastry for breakfast. But I do, so pass this over!
Salted Caramel Pecan Pastry Ring
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/3 cup butter
2 tablespoons water
1 can refrigerated biscuits (I used the Immaculate Baking brand)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, pecans, sea salt, butter, and water. Heat on medium until the butter melts, stirring consistently. Remove from the heat.
- Open the biscuits according to package directions. Separate the biscuit dough into roughly 20 thinner pieces and break each piece in half. Roll each half into a ball and drop it into the brown sugar mixture in the saucepan.
- Toss all the dough pieces to coat. It's fine if they get mushy and lose their shape.
- Spoon the dough into the bundt pan, pressing down to make one even layer. The dough will only come up partway in the bundt pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes until brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven and cool for five minutes. Invert carefully onto a plate.
- The ring is best served warm, so if you need to, you can heat it up later in the microwave.