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Coffee Cake Croutons

Yield 3 dozen
The taste of this easy dessert brings to mind a freshly baked coffee cake. It makes a great late-night snack or a breakfast treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, ground
  • 1/4 cup sugar

How to Make It

  1. Trim crust from pound cake and cut cake into 1" cubes. Combine 2/3 cup sugar and coffee in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool 1 minute. Stir in Kahlúa. Pour coffee syrup mixture into a small bowl and let cool completely.

  2. Combine pecans and 1/4 cup sugar; stir well. Working quickly, dip each cake cube into coffee syrup. Roll each cube in pecan mixture, coating completely. Let cake cubes dry at room temperature on wire racks at least 2 hours.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995