Giant Cinnamon-Pecan Ring

Ingredients: (serves 16)

2 1-pound loaves frozen bread dough

cup butter, melted

cup sugar

cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

cup chopped pecans

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

teaspoon vanilla

4 teaspoons milk

cinnamon sticks (optional)

pecan halves (optional)


Lightly grease inside of Dutch oven. On a lightly floured surface, flatten thawed dough slightly. Cut each loaf into 4 pieces (total of 8). Form each piece into a rope about 18" long. Brush each rope on all sides with melted butter.

Stir together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Place mixture on sheet of foil. Roll rope in sugar mixture to coat evenly. Shape rope into a coil in the center of the Dutch oven. Roll another rope in sugar. Attach securely to end of first rope and continue coil.

Continue coating ropes and attaching to form a 10-11" circle. Sprinkle any remaining sugar over coil. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 30-40 minutes Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Cover with foil last 15 minutes to prevent over browning if necessary.

Cool about 15 minutes Stir together powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make a thick glaze. Spoon over top of cake. Decorate with cinnamon sticks and pecan halves.