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Sutters' pecan ring

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Anybody (besides you, Mom) remember Sutters Bakery, which used to be on Greenwich Avenue lo these 30 years ago? They made a wonderful pecan ring--a moist, buttery yeast-based coffee cake with lots of rich, toasted pecans. Can anyone suggest a substitute?

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  1. Every time we visited NY from So Cal, my grandmother and I would board the plane with boxes full of Sutter's cakes. Some from Ebinger's too! No matter how good the bakeries were out here, somehow they just never equalled those two.

    1. SIGH! I grew up on 11th Street, around the block from Sutter's. We were always taken there as a treat, but all I remember ever getting was either crumb cake or cherry danishes. I loved them so much I couldn't bear to try anything else! Glad someone else remembers the place.

      1. My husband grew up in the Bronx where there apparently also was a Sutter's. He h as the same Marcel Proust memories about the coffee ring. I love to bake and have tried to duplicate it from my own memories of it. I would love if someone could approximate those delicious coffee cakes. I'm still looing and dreaming.

        1. Wonderful Sutter's. I grew up on 12th St and on Sunday morning got up early to run the 3 blocks to Sutters and stand in line for a fresh, hot and fragrant pecan coffee ring for my mother and me to devour along with the Sunday Times! The only rival for my heart would be Sutter's shell-shaped cookies - two melt in your mouth shells with raspberry jam between - I cannot even remember what they were called!

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          1. re: cvthinker

            As a kid, I worked in Sutter's on Greenwich. I packed cookies. The cookie that you enjoyed so much was called a clam. All Sutter's cookies were entirely hand-made. I placed the raspberry filling on one half and then came back to top it with another half. The same clam shape was used with a plain dough where the narrow end was first dipped into chocolate and finished with crushed pistachios. These were known as a pistachio tip.

          2. There was also a Sutter's on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn. I do remember their cheese danish and pecan coffee cake. Real good. Back then it was a good bakery. Today it would considered excellent.

            1. Loved Sutters- went to the one in the Village in the 60's and 70's till it closed down. I remember the crossaints, mocha layer cake with apricot in between, nut cake with raspberry jam - I'll never forget the smell as soon as you walked in! There are still some great bakeries (ie Balthazar in Englewood) but the good ones are usual small with less selection - nothing compares to Sutters!

              1. yes I was at ps 41 for awhile and we'd always go there I made butter cookie today the smell in the house reminded me of sutters

                1. The best I've found was Eli's.

                  1. It's a little out of the way but worth a try, B& W bakery in Hackensack will bring back memories of the Pecan Ring.They are noted for their Crumb Square

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                    1. HI All,
                      Calling from another continent - so don't feel my request is taking business away from any of the great New York/New Jersey bakeries. CAN ANYONE SEND US THE RECIPE FOR THEIR OWN "MOIST BUTTERY YEAST BAKED COFFEE CAKE" with or without pecans. We are yeast cake fanatics and can't find anything near us that can meet the standards found in NY/NJ. This would be greatly appreciated. Cheers