Category Archives: Breakfast

Honey (or Maple) Pecan Sticky Buns

I can’t think of anything more satisfying on a rainy day than warm sticky buns fresh out of the oven. Be careful pulling them apart, as the glaze will be quite hot at first!


2 Tbsp instant yeast
5 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk, warmed (approximately 100 F)
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter


1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
2 tbsp water
1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped


1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped
1 tbsp cinnamon

Prepare Dough:

Combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast and cinnamon and set aside
Place warmed milk, eggs, and melted butter into a mixing bowl
Add flour and knead for 15 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
Set aside and cover lightly while you prepare the filling and glaze.


Combine butter, sugar, honey, and water in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil and pour into a 9 by 13 rectangular pan
Scatter with chopped pecans and set aside


Cream butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until well combined.
Add nuts and mix well.

Preheat oven to 375 F

Roll out dough into a rectangle measuring 12 (depth) by 18 inches (width)
Spread filling out over entire surface of dough
Roll towards you tightly, into a cylinder 3 inches wide by 18 inches long
Slice into 12 pieces (1 1/2 inches thick)
Arrange slices, cut side down into the prepared pan. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour
Bake until puffed and browned nicely, about 40 minutes.
Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then place a tray over the entire pan, and invert it to allow the buns to turn right side up.
Remove pan, and pull apart buns to serve.

Buttermilk Biscuits

3 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk


Combine dry ingredients and mix with butter until mealy
Add buttermilk and knead lightly
Roll out 3/4 inch thick and pat into a rectangle measuring 9 by 12 inches
Cut into 12 large pieces, each 3 inches square
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 F, until golden brown.

Nice additions (to the dry ingredients)

1/2 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup chopped herbs or scallions

Windfall Applesauce Waffle Sundaes

Inspired by the sight of apples littering the ground beneath the tree, this seemed like a natural extension. The story goes that the ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair when an ice cream vendor ran out of bowls and served the rest of his ice cream in waffles folded into cones from the next vendor, who’s stand wasn’t quite so busy. The waffles are also delicious for breakfast, sans ice cream and caramel, (unless you’re having one of those days, in which case anything goes!)


It’s important for applesauce to use soft fleshed apples, as they will break down very easily and give you a nice silky sauce. I don’t bother putting it into the blender or food processor, I just whisk it while hot and break up the apple into a coarse puree. I think a bit of texture is nice. Macintosh work well for this, or if you’re like me and have an old tree in the yard it’s a great way to use up the wind fallen fruit.

2 lb apples
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water

Peel and dice apples and place in a pot with a tight fitting lid.
Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and water
Cover, and bring up to a simmer over medium low heat
Reduce heat to low, and cook until apples are tender
Whisk together to puree (summer apples with soft texture will puree very easily)
Allow to cool to room temperature

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Waffles

2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
3 eggs separated
1 ½ cups milk
¼ cup oil

Place flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and mix well
Place egg yolks, milk, and oil into another bowl and whisk together
Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just well combined
Whip egg whites until stiff and fold into batter
Cover batter and place in refrigerator until needed

Preheat waffle iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions

Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups whipping cream

Scald cream and keep warm
Combine the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan
Bring to a boil and cook over high heat until sugar turns a golden colour.
Remove from heat, and add the scalded cream, a little at a time, being careful as it has a tendency to boil up
Whisk together and bring back to a boil, strain, and cool to room temperature

To assemble the sundaes

Take a freshly made waffle, cover it with a decent sized dollop of applesauce (1/4 cup) and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Drizzle with caramel sauce and serve while still warm
Go back for seconds