It's National Sticky Bun Day, and what better way to celebrate than by baking your own sticky buns! Recruit your children as sous chefs to help you measure and mix ingredients. This is the perfect way to combine fun and learning! If you aren't the best baker, don't fret! You can always take a trip to your local bakery to celebrate this sweet day!
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter (be sure you have a little extra for greasing)
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp. of finely grated orange zest
- 1 1/4 teaspoon. of salt
- 4 to 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (be sure you have a little extra for dusting)
- 1/2 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. of ground cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter
- 3 Tbsp. of honey
- 1 Tbsp. of light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) of coarsely chopped pecans
*For the best results please use an electric mixer!
1. Combine your warm water, yeast and 1 tsp. of sugar into the mixing bowl. Mix these ingredients until they are well blended and let the mixture rest until foamy (approximately 5 minutes).
2. Add your milk, butter, the rest of the sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, salt and 3 of cups flour. Mix all of these ingredients together at a low speed until well blended. Once the items are mixed, you will need to swith the electric mixer's blade to a dough hook, and continue to mix on a low speed.
3. While the dough is being mixed, slowly sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of flour into the bowl. Then, increase the speed of your mixer to medium, which will knead the dough (for about 4 minutes) until it is smooth. If your dough is too wet, add a little more flour.
4. Take the dough out of the mixer bowl and with your hands, shape the dough into a ball and place in a large, buttered bowl. Use the bowl to coat the dough with butter.
5. Once the dough is buttered up, put it in the bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm place and let it rise until it is doubled in size. This takes 1-2 hours.
6. After the dough has risen, push it down, and turn it out onto a lightly floured cutting board and let sit 20 minutes.
7. While your flour is sitting, you can begin to make your filling by combining brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt your butter, but keep it separate for now.
9. Come back to your dough and roll it out into a 12" x 18" rectangle. Brush the melted butter on the dough then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over it.
10. Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a cylinder. Then place the seam side-down on a flat surface and cut your dough crosswise into 15 slices.
11. Now we will begin to make the topping. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, honey and corn syrup over low heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar and butter are melted. Then, pour the mixture into a greased 9" x 13" pan and sprinkle pecans on top.
12. Now place the dough slices, flat side down, on top of the prepared topping. Place the slices closely together so that they touch. Then cover with plastic wrap, leaving room for the buns to rise, and refrigerate overnight.
13. The next day, remove the rolls from the refrigerator and let them warm up to room temperature while you preheat your oven to 375°. Bake the buns until they are golden which take about 30 minutes.
14. When they are done, remove the pan from the oven and immediately invert them onto a serving tray or baking dish so that you can see the topping. Let buns cool slightly and serve warm.
Source: Simply Recipes