Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

I’ve had Britain on the mind lately.

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know this is not an unusual occurrence.

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

I’m a big fan of all things British: Scones. English chocolate. Harry Potter. Sherlock. Downton Abbey (see above) and other, real English country estates. Free art museums with glorious collections. And of course, the accent. (Does anyone else sometimes get the strong urge to just start speaking in a British accent to random people? Or their cats? … Just me? Okay, then.)

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

My current British obsession combines nearly all of the things above: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF. Oh yes. (Minus Harry, Sherlock, and the National Gallery–can’t win ’em all. Although, maybe they’ll have to create cakes inspired by works of art for the season finale, and Benedict Cumberbatch will cameo as a guest judge for some inexplicable reason… hey, a girl can dream.)

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

The Great British Bake Off is seriously awesome. A reality show where the contestants are not only incredibly talented non-professional bakers but also all actually care about each other? Dry and witty comedienne hosts? Decidedly pro-UK interludes with food historians? A judge named, I am not kidding you, MARY BERRY!? TV does not get better than this, people. Especially when you’re a baker yourself and occasionally realize you know more than the contestants (case in point: kouign-amann, best pastry ever–how had NONE of them ever heard of it before!?).

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

So what does GBBO, as the Brits call/hashtag it, have to do with this coffee cake? (Coffee cake is not exactly British, after all.)

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

Toffee! That’s how I’m bringing this full circle. (Yeah, it’s a stretch, because turns out what we in the US refer to as “English toffee” is not really anything like what toffee is in the UK. Whatever, just go with it, I really just wanted an excuse to talk about the Great British Bake Off.) I’m not the biggest fan of toffee–it’s definitely more of an English confection than American–but when you douse it in brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon, it is definitely OK by me.

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

One of my curator pals, a fellow baker, recently told me about this recipe and I had to give it a try once she described it. And I am so glad I did. I adapted it a bit on the go (adding toffee bits and cinnamon to the batter itself) and it is pretty amazing.

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

If you want to make your own British connection, you can always sub your side of coffee for tea. In the meantime, I’ll be spending my Sunday catching up on past GBBO seasons with this coffee cake at my side.

Toffee Pecan Coffee Cake

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Advent 2012–Day 17

Advent 2012--Day 17

Mm! Bacon!

Advent 2012--Day 17

The vegetarian in me is sighing in distaste, but my inner carnivore is very pleased.

Advent 2012--Day 17

Vosges really does do incredible toffee. It’s buttery and sweet and lightly caramelly.

Advent 2012--Day 17

And it’s definitely great with their signature bacon in there too. Savory and sweet. Yum.

Advent 2012--Day 17

» Bacon Caramel Toffee | buttery toffee + hickory smoked uncured bacon + Alderwood smoked salt + 42% cacao milk chocolate
» Check out Day 17 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series

Advent 2012–Day 16

Advent 2012--Day 16

Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner.

Advent 2012--Day 16

This is up there with the peanut butter bonbons for sure.

Advent 2012--Day 16

I liked this toffee in its whole form, but it is stellar in a chocolate bar. I’m not a fan of super crunchy treats so having bits of toffee throughout adds the perfect amount of texture for me. I would definitely buy this again!

Advent 2012--Day 16

Advent 2012--Day 16

» Bapchi’s Toffee Chocolate Bar | sweet butter toffee + walnuts + pecans + 45% deep milk chocolate
» Check out Day 16 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series

Advent 2012–Day 4

Advent 2012--Day 4

Almost didn’t make this post in time today… I’ve been out all evening at a taping of the Ellen Show! No shame here. Ellen Degeneres is awesome. And my mom loves her. And I had to go to try to win something for my mom, right!? Right.

Advent 2012--Day 4

Well, I didn’t win anything (although they gave away seven $500 gift cards to Walgreens–holy smokes!). Also, Ellen wasn’t there in person, but we did get to watch the whole show the day before it aired! I love seeing how things work behind the scenes, so it was cool to see the producers’ roles and what they do during commercials.

Advent 2012--Day 4

Anyway, after standing outside in the cold for about 4 hours straight–no, I could not feel my feet afterwards–this toffee was just what the doctor ordered. Although it’s not pretty, it’s definitely yummy. Vosges describes it as comfort food and that’s very accurate. Toffee’s not my favorite thing ever (it falls into that too chewy category for me, like caramel) but this version was pretty delicious. Finely crushed nuts, sea salt and milk chocolate complement the deeper flavor of the butter toffee beautifully. Needless to say I am about to finish off the entire, very generous hunk of toffee tonight.

Advent 2012--Day 4

On that note… Can I just say how AWESOME it is that you get a gosh darn lot of chocolate every day in this advent calendar!? Those little flat one-inch-square milk chocolate pieces in traditional calendars are never enough, am I right? But two bonbons… a mini bar… a giant hunk of toffee… now that’s an advent calendar!

» Organic Bapchi’s Caramel Toffee | roasted pecans & walnuts + sweet butter toffee + pink Himalayan sea salt + milk chocolate
» Check out Day 4 of my sister’s nail polish advent calendar!
» Introduction to my Advent 2012 blog post series