Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TWD Pecan Sticky Buns

Decadent and yummy!
As I write this post it is raining  for the third day in a row. I’m not complaining as we really needed it but, I haven’t been able to get my garden planted yet.  I did start my  herb garden and moved them into pots on my deck. Much easier to access. We do expect a beautiful day on Thursday so, I'm planning a planting day! However, all this rain has given me plenty of time to bake! 


I planted seven different herbs on my deck
All right, let’s get to those sticky buns! The key word for yet another TWD challenge is butter! Lots and lots of butter. Our challenge for this week was making a Brioche dough to make the Pecan Sticky Buns with.  I made my sticky buns over several days time; taking advantage of the refrigeration time. 
This brioche dough started off with a sponge. You start with warm milk..yeast..1 egg..and a cup of flour in the bowl of your mixer. Then sprinkle a second cup of flour over the sponge and let rest until it begins to rise and the flour looks crackly. Now you’re ready to make the dough!
This requires a long beating time so a stand mixer is recommended.  At this point, add the dough ingredients to the sponge. With your dough hook, begin to incorporate the the rest of the ingredients. Then beat this mixture for about 15 minutes. Now it’s time to incorporate the butter…a stick and ½ at room temperature! Your dough will look curdled at first but, as the butter starts to blend into the dough it will come together. Once this is done, it is time to let the dough rest and rise for about 2 hours. Then deflate and refrigerate for up to three days.
Now it’s time for the sticky buns.  Here’s where you over dose on butter!  Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a rectangle. I only made one half and froze the rest to use another time.  After you roll out your dough, smear it with ¾ cup of butter, fold the dough envelope style.  Roll out again, fold once more, wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  It’s time now to roll out the dough for the sticky buns.  Brush with egg, sprinkle with the sugar-cinnamon  mixture and pecans.  Roll up as for a jelly roll, wrap and freeze for 45 minutes.  I left mine in the freezer over night. It was Mothers Day and my hubby was taking me out for brunch.  On Monday I took mine out and let it defrost for about 30 minutes before I sliced them. Freezing the dough makes it easier for cutting. 
Now for the baking. I used a 9 inch cake pan…now are you ready for this…take a stick of softened butter…that’s right…another stick of butter and smear it over the bottom of your pan. Sprinkle with light brown sugar and slice your rolls. Place pecans onto the bottom of each roll and place your rolls, pecan side down, in the pan.  It’s time for the final rise! About 2 hours. Bake and enjoy! 
Step by step these were really enjoyable to make.  We loved these Pecan Sticky Buns but, what’s not to love!! They were wonderful!


This is how the sponge looks when ready to use
Add the other dough ingredients and beat
Adding the butter makes your dough look curdled but, it will come together
Place into buttered bowl and let rise
This is the dough ready to be rolled and filled
Brushed with the egg and ready to be sprinkled with sugar and nuts 
Pan buttered….Now that’s a lot of butter!
Brown sugar placed on top
The rolls ready to rise
Risen and ready to bake….I forgot about mine and let them rise a bit too long

They still came out so delectable….and buttery

Although a bit misshapen….

Oh so good!


Our hosts this week are Lynn of Eat Drink Man Woman Dogs Cat and Nicole of Cookies on Friday. This recipe will be posted on their blog! You should check them out!

44 comments:

  1. Wow - your buns came out perfectly. I love your photos. Makes me want to go bake the second batch in my freezer!

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  2. You took the time to take great step-by-step pictures. Beautiful, flaky, gooey buns Kathy!

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  3. Yours buns really did come out perfectly!! I love the pic where you can see the texture of those buns so clearly!! Beautiful!!

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  4. Those look wonderful. It seems more involved than regular cinnamon rolls. This will be on my list for the next rainy day.

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  5. Just gorgeous, Kathy!

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to drop out of TWD. With all that I have going on, I can't seem to keep up with 3 groups at once. "See you" on Friday! xoxo

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  6. Kathy - your rolls look perfect proofing in the pan & what a lovely crumb.
    It has been raining here for three days as well -which is good because we planted grass seed over the weekend & hopefully that will help my 24 foot mud pit turn back into lawn again...

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  7. Stunning! Your Pecan Sticky Buns look like perfection! I am glad that you enjoyed them so much! And all your photos are great because they show off the many different steps it took to come to such a beautiful result. Very nicely done!

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  8. I have a "thing" for these and don't know a better way to get your daily dose of butter. The photos are sensational!

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  9. Love the layers in your dough... such pretty buns! :)

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  10. Yours look amazing! I also think your herb garden is cute :)

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  11. These look perfect, I am making mine right now, baking them in a few hours and then posting about them!!

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  12. What fantastic buns - great pictures showing the process - also love your herb garden!
    mary x

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  13. They look great, I like that they aren't all perfectly round, nicer to tear the buns apart that way!

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  14. That last picture sure does have me craving these! Fluffy flaky and buttery-you really can't beat that in a pastry. I like the step by step photos here as well.
    After seeing you herb garden, I wish mine was in a small box. My herb plants are in a garden but the squash seems to be taking over everything. My poor herbs! Yours look pretty healthy and in no danger of being squeezed out.
    Have a great day!

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  15. I must say these are the most appealing sticky buns I have seen! Love all that butter, which is essential in my opinion for any kind of baked buns!

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  16. Three days with rain? Oh, my. I was lucky and only had one day of rain when I was making these. Your rolls look great!

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  17. Your sticky rolls look perfect :D
    They are fantastic to beat the rain with and sit, relax at breakfast!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. They look absolutely lovely!
    That's quite a bit of rain you had!

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  19. Look at those lovelies! Yum. I thought I had had enough, but yours make me want a few more bites. :)

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  20. Wow, your brioche layers look awesome! Great job!

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  21. Yours look fabulous! These were a hit here, too!

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  22. Kathy, Your Sticky Buns look luscious. You always do such a great job on your cooking and baking. Have fun gardening on Thursday:)

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  23. They look amazing! The pictures really show what I was missing out on :-)

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  24. Hi Kathy, thanks for having visited me.
    I love your herb garden! Fresh herbs are the best!
    And I love the perfection you've rolled your buns and how they turned out.
    Nice to bake along with you.

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  25. Your buns look fab Kathy - I could happily tuck into one of these.

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  26. Wow, those buns look great, so buttery and yummy! I love the step by step pictures! Good luck with the garden.

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  27. The gloss of the buns is perfect! I also wondered if you could over-proof brioche dough - looking at your final results I am doubtful :)

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  28. Wow look at the layers you got in yours-just beautiful

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  29. Perfect! I love your step by step photos! The butter was a little much ,but I loved loved this recipe! I had to go back to Costco today and restalk my butter!!

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  30. These look wonderful and your post makes it possible for inexperienced cooks to have the same success. You did a fabulous job with the challenge. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  31. I skipped this week. I just couldn't justify the butter overdose, but looking at those sticky buns, I'm regretting it. The sun just came out here, so I hope you are having sunshine too. Your herb garden looks great. I love lemon balm and seldom see others planting it. Glad to know you are also a fan. And your herb garden guardian gnome is cute. Have a great week.

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  32. your pictures are great! I wish I still had some of these around

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  33. So flaky and wonderful, Kathy!!! These were such a wonderful treat, weren't they?

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  34. Beautiful Kathy! They look like candy, so buttery , flaky and yummy! I'm going to try to bake with TWD next month. I'm so behind from my trip and just couldn't think about all that butter;-)

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  35. Today is raining here too. I need something like these beautiful buns to make my day! I am licking my lips Kathy!

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  36. Wow you get all that done by yourself? I need to be more like you.

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  37. These buns look amazing! I'll have to try this recipe, it's so tempting. Love your blog!

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  38. Your sticky buns are perfect! And I love all of your photos.

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  40. I love trying new pecan roll/ sticky bun recipes. These just look amazing!

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  41. Your sticky buns look wonderful, Kathy. I wish I had one to go with my coffee right now. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  42. Loved these! This is the one recipe in the book that I had tried before, so I knew they were good but had forgotten how much work the are!! I spread the work out over a few days, also.

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  43. I'm just here to drool over your photos of your sticky buns...wow are those great photos...I am gaining weight just looking at these photos! I sat this one out...just didn't think I needed that much temptation within that close of a distance. You did such a nice job on these!

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