Bread | February 3, 2014

Pecan Coils with Brown Butter Icing

Pecan coils with brown butter icing. These incredibly delicious sweet treats are perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee, a sweet treat or dessert.

Ok people, let’s agree on one thing. You can never have too many recipes that entail sugar and butter oozing out of  soft, fluffy crevices. What if I threw in brown butter icing. Or glazed pecans…you need these in your life!

An overhead shot of pecan coils on a plate with a creamy coffee

My little family of three {before we became a family of four last month…whaaa?? four!} lived with my aunt and uncle for several months out in the DC/Virginia area during the fall–swoon! Not only was it gorgeous there, but my Aunt Cynthia gave me the best gift she could have given me: this incredible recipe.

Is that weird that I’d rather have a new favorite recipe I plan on making forever and ever, amen, than any other gift? This basic roll recipe she received from a friend of hers, then she went on to use it for my Grandmother’s Pecan Coil recipe, with brown butter icing and all. I knew I loved my Grandma…

A close up of a tray of pecan coils topped with brown butter icing

 This roll recipe is simply amazing. She’s known in her church for these rolls, and people expect them at gatherings. If she doesn’t show up with them, people get angry. Like, Mel Gibson angry {He was the first angry little elf that came to mind….Alec Baldwin? Charlie Sheen? Chris Brown?  T-Swift in “We Are Never Getting Back Together”?}.

 Making the Pecan Coils

Fold a rectangle of dough  (half of the dough) into thirds on top of itself, like you’re folding a letter. Use a pizza cutter or bench scraper to cut the folded dough into 12 strips. Gently twist each strip, then tie it into a knot. You can get messy with it, nobody cares. This recipe probably isn’t for you if you have a little OCD in you. Repeat with remaining dough.

An overhead shot of pecan coils getting cut and twisted ready for baking

While they’re baking, make your brown butter icing. Again, this stuff is magic. MAG-GIC. I eat it by the spoonful(s) I tell ya. Nuts hadn’t been in my baking lately, so this was a pleasant surprise to crunch into the pecans that toasted perfectly in the oven, became glazed-over in this rich, buttery icing, and broke up the perfectly moist and soft roll.


A close up of pecan coils on a white plate getting drizzled with brown butter icing

Your Valentine wants these this year. They all told me so…

 

A close up of pecan coils on a plate with brown butter icing

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Pecan Coils With Brown Butter Icing
Prep Time
1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
 

Delicious and flavorful nut coils

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter frosting, pecan desserts
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 257 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
Basic Rolls
  • 4 t yeast
  • 1 1/8 c warm water
  • 1/2 c potato flakes
  • 1/4 c oil
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1/3 c powdered milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3-3 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c butter soft/melted
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2-3 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 c pecans chopped
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1-1 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 t vanilla
  • pinch coarse salt
Instructions
Rolls
  1. Mix yeast into warm water until frothy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients into mixer, adding flour slowly. You still want the dough sticky.
  3. Knead 7 minutes. Let rise in bowl covered with towel 45 minutes in warm, draft-free place.
  4. Punch dough down, let rise 20 more minutes.
  5. Shape dough: for nut coils or cinnamon rolls, shape into rectangle on lightly floured surface about 1/3" thick. For crescent rolls, shape into circle, cut into triangles with pizza cutter, and roll up each triangle.
  6. Cover shaped rolls with light towel and let rise in draft-free area until puffy while oven is heating.
Filling
  1. Microwave butter on low setting (or defrost) until very soft, almost melted. Spread over dough.
  2. Sprinkle sugars, cinnamon, and pecans over butter.
  3. Fold dough over onto itself twice, into thirds.
  4. Use pizza cutter to cut dough log into strips. Gently twist each strip slightly, then form into knot.
  5. Place knots on parchment paper-lined pan. Cover with light towel and let rise 30-60 minutes, or until almost doubled.
  6. Bake at 375°F (190°C) 8-10 minutes, or until barely browned.

Icing
  1. Brown butter by heating in pot on medium, whisking frequently. Butter will get frothy, then die down. Continue cooking/whisking until butter becomes light brown, you see plenty of brown specks, and smell a nutty aroma (about 7 minutes). Remove from heat and pour into glass bowl.
  2. Whisk in enough powdered sugar to make icing drizzling-consistency.
  3. Whisk in vanilla and salt.
  4. Drizzle on warm nut coils.
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Coils With Brown Butter Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 226mg10%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Coils With Brown Butter Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 226mg10%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 265IU5%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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