Sticky Buns


Sticky Buns are one of my favorite treats. Here's the recipe I use. It makes about 15-16 buns.

DOUGH

1/4 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3 large egg yolks
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
1 1/4 tsp salt
4 to 4 1/4 cups flour

FILLING

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp unsalted butter

TOPPING

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans



In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine warm water, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Stir to dissolve end lit sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add milk, butter, remaining sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, salt and 3 cups flour. Mix on low speed until blended. Switch to a dough hook and slowly incorporate remaining cup of flour, on low speed. Increase speed to medium, kneading dough until smooth and slightly sticky (adding a little bit of flour if wet), 3 to 5 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and place a large, buttered bowl. Turn dough over in bowl to coat with butter from the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, 1 to 2 hours.
After the dough has risen, punch down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and let sit 20 minutes.
Make the filling by combining brown sugar and cinnamon. Melt butter; keep separate.
Roll dough into a 12"x18" rectangle. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Starting with the long side, roll dough into a cylinder. Place seam side down on a flat surface and cut crosswise into 15 slices.
To make the topping, combine brown sugar, butter honey and corn syrup over low heat in a saucepan. Stir until sugar and butter are melted. Pour mixture into a grease 9"x13" pan and sprinkle pecans on top.
Place dough slices, flat side down, on top of prepared topping. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving room for buns to rise (here, we can refrigerate them overnight. If you do, remember to let them get back at room temperature before baking).
Preheat oven at 375°. Bake buns until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and immediately invert onto a serving tray or baking dish. Let buns cool slightly and serve warm.


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