Sticky Bun Coffee Cake

Dried fruits, sugar, and spices cook into a thick, syrupy topping for this breakfast bread that starts with canned biscuits. You'll want to lick the pan after baking.


1 (10") coffee cake

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried figs, finely chopped
1/2 cup whole pitted dates, finely chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
1 (3
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 (16.3-ounce) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted


Stir together first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes or until fruit is tender and mixture is thick and syrupy. Discard cinnamon stick. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour mixture into a greased 12-cup Bundt pan; set aside.

Combine sugar and ground cinnamon in a shallow dish. Cut biscuits into fourths, using kitchen shears. Dip biscuit pieces in melted butter; dredge in sugar mixture. Layer biscuits loosely over fruit mixture in pan.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Carefully invert cake onto a platter. Drizzle any remaining glaze over cake. Serve warm.


Rebecca Boggan,

Christmas with Southern Living 2001,

Oxmoor House

May 2001
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