In high school speech we had an assignment to give a speech to instruct our peers in making something. One girl’s speech was about her family’s traditional “Christmas Breakfast”. This was a super special treat that was only made once a year. It used frozen dinner rolls and a box of cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding. I’d never heard of either of these things, they just did not exist in my family, where we didn’t use a lot of convenience foods. I held on to her recipe and have continued to make it every Christmas for my family.
This is an easy make-ahead dish that you prep the night before. Let the rolls rise overnight, and in the morning all it needs is 30 minutes in the oven. It’s moist, sweet, chewy, soft, and absolutely wonderful. The butterscotch pudding and brown sugar and butter make a gooey caramel sauce that is highlighted with cinnamon. Calories? Probably a zillion. Don’t even think about it. This is a special dish for a special occasion, and it feeds a crowd.
All you need is 7 simple ingredients. Layer them in the pan in the order shown below.
- 18 Rhodes frozen dinner rolls
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 box (4 oz) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding (NOT instant)
- 1 stick butter cut into approx. 8 pieces.
- First, spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray. Then set your frozen dinner rolls inside. Do NOT overfill. These frozen dinner rolls expand a LOT. I know from experience that my pan holds 18 rolls perfectly. Yours may hold more or less. This is a normal sized bundt pan that takes one average sized cake recipe.
- Add your ingredients in layers in the order shown above.
- Spray a square of aluminum foil with non-stick spray and cover your dish, with the sprayed side down. When these rolls rise they will be sticky and you don't want them to stick to your foil. Now go to bed and let the rolls thaw and rise while you slumber. Depending on the temperature in your home, this could take anywhere from 6-10 hours.
- Here they are after 8-10 hours. As you can see, the tiny hard little frozen balls of dough are now fluffy bread dough, and the other ingredients have already begun blending to make the caramel sauce.
- Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350. Very important - after 15 minutes, use your square of foil that covered the pan overnight, and re-cover the pan. This step is necessary to keep the rolls on top from over-browning.
- Here is your finished product. Doesn't look like much yet, does it? Just wait until you see what waits below the surface. While it is still very warm, carefully invert it onto a large serving platter.
- Pull apart your hot, sweet, sticky buns, and enjoy with a cup of hot coffee or a cold glass of milk.