When I was 14 years old I used to work in a bakery, probably told you this before, this was my first job ever. But one of my favorite things to eat there, because we could pretty much eat whatever we wanted, were these ooey gooey sticky buns. It was one of the most popular items there and whenever they were available they would sell pretty fast. Boy, were they ever good, your fingers would get all sticky and messy but it was so worth it.
This is why I love sticky buns. I don’t make them often, not at all, but when I do, it brings back those memories and it just makes me so happy. Making sticky buns is also pretty easy, very similar to making cinnamon rolls, except that at the bottom of your baking pan, you put your butter, sugar and pecans or walnuts. You can’t see this in the below picture, but these rolls are sitting nicely on a bed of sweetness and pecans.
When you take these puppies out of the oven, you have these gorgeous looking cinnamon rolls, and your house smells heavenly. You might get some neighbors come knocking wondering what’s going on.
You have to flip the pan right after you take these buns from the oven, but when you do you have these gorgeous sticky buns that just make you drool. Aren’t they gorgeous? Try and see if you can stop yourself from having some.
Now obviously these are meant to be shared with your loved ones, so don’t be shy, share them and enjoy them. They are perfect with that good cup of coffee.
- 4½ cups all purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup milk, warm
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 (1/4 oz) package active dry yeast
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp salt
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 4 tbsp honey
- In a small bowl mix the warm water with the yeast and the sugar and let it sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast dissolves and bubbles form.
- In the bowl of your mixer add the flour, milk, melted butter, eggs, salt, and yeast mixture and mix for about 5 minutes using the dough hook. If the dough is sticking to the bowl, add a bit more flour.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place until it doubles in size.
- To make the topping, add the butter, brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Pour sauce in a 9×13 inches baking pan and sprinkle the chopped pecans or walnuts over the sauce.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 16 inches long by 12 inches wide.
- It should be approx ¼ thick.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Brush the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the buttered dough. Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. Carefully cut the roll into 12 equal size rolls, so the easiest is to cut the roll in half then cut each half in half and then each quarter in 3 so you end up with 12 equal size rolls. Transfer the rolls onto the baking sheet, wrap with plastic wrap and let rise for another 20 minutes.
- Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 20 – 30 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and immediately invert onto a baking dish. Let buns cool slightly and serve warm.