Year End 2016 & Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

 Well what a way to end the year, spent on Christmas eve with church family and friends, then with our adult daughter who came to be with us. On Christmas head from our son and his wife down in Florida and from my Dad and his wife and my sister and her husband and the wife heard from my brother in law. This is part of what Christmas is about only second to reason we celebrate Christmas in the beginning. The weather has been favorable so far and as we start to make plans for the New Year we hope that they stay the same way, but this is New England and this is winter. And what would winter be here, if it did not include come cold and snow, what Florida? And we is not there, so bring it on so we can get through it and over it. 

      This week would normally have been dedicated to the coming years direction with the recipes and ideas. However with so much going on in my life right now medically, I have not finished putting it all together, but fear not it will be ready by next week and I will be on schedule. The one thing I do know is that I will be continuing the Brewery, Distillery, and Vineyard report on the first week of each month. The formate for recipes will continue with cocktail for first week, side dish the second, main even the third and dessert the fourth, with appetizer if there is a fifth week. I know we will all learn something and hope we find something new to like. I hope you come back and join me as I seek to bring you new places to visit, new places to dine, and new ideas to do around that Cape with very little cost associated with it. Along with a few stories here and there of my past and remembering the "good old days." I look forward to seeing you again and hope you get a chance to visit the Cape, not just in the summertime but give us a try year round, we are not just a one season horse race any longer but and full year round destination. Until next year, see you soon, right here on old Cape Cod. 
      Business report this week is the Roadhouse Cafe at 488 South St, Hyannis and online at http://www.roadhousecafe.com. I know this is owned by the same group that owns the Black Cat, and Columbo's Cafe & Pastry but let's start with the Clam Chowder, the wife and daughter and I are in full agreement that the Roadhouse is just a tad different and in our humble opinion is the best of the three. The portions you get in your entry's are very good to the price you pay and the overall setting was set for a nice quiet and relaxing evening. We were able to take advantage of a CapeCod Daily Deal which made it all the better. But the bottom line decision was that we will be back, the food, the price (even before the deal) the setting were all beyond what was expected.  
      Welcome back to the lighthouse, I hope our Christmas was very good to you, and if you are still celebrating Hanukkah many blessings to you. What a week we have had, there was Christmas dinner serviced at several of the local churches and from what I hear they served many of the locals that did not have anyplace to go or share Christmas with and those just without at this time of year. The weather forecast for the coming days does not look favorable with the seasons first Nor'Eastern trying to make it's presents noticed, so we will cross our fingers and pray for the best from the Cape to Cape. So we have been making the sweeps across the grounds and up and down the tower to be sure all is in working and ready condition. Well, as we ring in the new year I hope you have a very Happy, Happy and please be responsible on the Eve, we want everyone to get home same and sound and start the coming year on a positive note, especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.      
      Well this is a good way to end the year with a good warm breakfast ring. This is good either for New Years Day itself or any of the upcoming winter weekends for the family or a great take in to work if you are still one that goes into an office to work. Whether you use the Pillsbury recipe, which there are a couple different ones or you find the Monkey Bread Breakfast ring, these are pretty much one in the same. Then you can an assortment of other recipes that either use crescent rolls or grand rolls and then a sticky goop concoction in cookbooks or on the web. You can also find the ones that do it the long version and make their own dough and that is a viable way of making it as well. So the point here is this was not taken from the Pillsbury sight but from a mix of others that may resemble Pillsbury or Betty Crocker. These are not bad recipes either but just trying to give account to where you can find similar recipes. Now on with the show; I'm already pretty hungry.
 
      Recipe of the Week: Sticky Buns Breakfast Ring
 
      2      tubes      flaky buttermilk biscuits/ 6 oz refrigerated ones
   1/2      cup         chopped pecans or walnuts
   1/2      cup         raisins or currents
   1/2      cup         butter, melted, divided
   1/3      cup         maple syrup
   1/2      cup         sugar
      1      tsp          ground cinnamon
      1      pkg         cream cheese - 8 oz size 
 
      Sprinkle 1/2 the nuts & raisins into a greased bundt pan. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons butter and maple syrup; pour over nuts and raisins. Set aside.
      Separate biscuits; split each in half horizontally. Place remaining butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Cut cream cheese into 20 cubes; roll in sugar mixture. Place one cube in the center of each piece of dough. Fold dough over cheese cube; pinch edges to seal tightly. Dip one side of each biscuit in butter, then sugar mixture. Arrange biscuits in prepared pan, sugar side up. Pour remaining butter over top; Sprinkle remaining nuts & raisins over top biscuits then the remaining sugar mixture. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

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