Sweet Petals

I have several recipes for this, one of my all time favorite breakfast foods. In the Pillsbury bake-off book it is called Sweet Petals, in the Wooden Spoon bread book by Marilyn Moore, it is called Cinnamon Saucisson (which means sausage). Either way, it is wonderful, even more than the picture shows. In fact, those petals above are a little bigger than they should be. YOU should make this and send me YOUR picture so I can insert it here!

Anyway, there are 2 steps. One is the bread. You can either make a simple sweet dough (see recipe under baking unlimited) and use it for this, or use frozen bread dough you can buy. It wont be quite as good. If you have a bread machine, (like Mrs. Wolf’s new one she got from her favorite aunt for a wedding gift), I would use that. You can start it the night before and put the dough in the fridge until morning or set the machine to have it ready by morning, dough only cycle. (if it goes in the fridge overnight, it will puff it alarmingly in there. Just deflate and use.)Either way, get your dough ready.

individual serving

Lightly butter a pizza pan or other round baking dish. (improvise) Mix together the following:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon (use Cinnamon Plus or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (and I mean chopped) If you have a food chopper or processor, now would be the time to use it. If using a food processor, dont overdo)
  • in a separate dish, have 1/2 cup (1 cube) of melted butter

Tear off small pieces of the dough. Roll it into a rope, about 6 inches long. Dip into the melted butter and roll in the sugar/nut mixture. Start in the middle of the pan, curling it up, like one of those giant lollypops you would get from Disneyland as a kid. Continue coiling the dough pieces around and around until you run out of dough. If you have any butter or sugar mix left, I would pour it over the pan of petals at this point. Cover it with saran wrap and let rise for about 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pop the pan into the oven and bake until golden brown, start checking around 20-25 minutes. It depends on how thick your dough pieces are. I still haven’t figured if I like serving petals separately or slice it like a pie. Dig in!

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