Monday, March 7, 2011

Wicked Good Pecan Rolls





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If you enjoy ooey, gooey, warm and chewy sweets, these rolls are meant for you. I made a large batch of them this week as a pre-Lenten treat for our neighbors and the Silver Fox. I also managed to freeze some for brunch on Easter Sunday. This recipe is another that I've pieced together from various sources. Rather than make a brioche dough, I used one developed for a challah that appeared in The New York Times Bread and Soup Cookbook. The recipe is a golden oldie, but it makes a gorgeous egg bread that is hard to beat. When I make challah I divide the dough, using half for bread and half for sweet rolls of one type or another. This is a dough that can be made with a stand mixer, so, while some kneading is required, I would classify it as easy to prepare. The filling is one I learned to make as a child and the topping comes Mark McGough who developed it for Martha Stewart. This is a very rich pastry that is made in Texas-sized muffin pans. If you prefer more modest bites, standard muffin pans can be used, though they will cook more quickly. My only caution, large or small, is to make certain the rolls are done before you remove them from the oven. Once they're out of the oven the pans should be inverted before the topping has time to set. This recipe makes wonderful rolls. If you like pecan rolls or sticky buns, you'll love these. Here are the composite recipes.

Pecan Rolls...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite with some help from Mark McGough

Ingredients:
Dough
5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups flour, unsifted
3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
Pinch of powdered saffron for color (optional)
1 cup warm water
4 eggs, at room temperature
Filling
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Topping
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
1-1/2 cups pecan or walnut pieces
1/4 cup corn syrup

Directions:

1) To make dough: Combine 1-1/4 cups of flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Mix in softened butter. if using, stir saffron into warm water until it dissolves. Add a little at a time to flour mixture and blend thoroughly. Beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Blend eggs into batter, one at a time. Stir another 1/2 cup of flour into batter and beat at high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Blend in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. (I used a total of 5-1/2 cups flour) Knead dough on a lightly floured board about 8 to 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning it once to grease top. Cover and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free place until double in bulk (approximately one hour). Punch dough down and let rise again until it has again doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.
2) To make filling: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
3) To make topping: Spray two 6 cup Texas-size muffin tins with nonstick spray. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan set over moderate heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and toasted pecan pieces. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Divide mixture among muffin cups.
4) To assemble: Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll dough to form a 12 x 12-inch square. Spread 6 tablespoons butter over dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll dough into a cylinder. Use a sharp serrated knife to cut cylinder into 12 (1-inch each) slices. Transfer slices to muffin tins. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes.
5) To bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place muffin tins on baking sheets to catch drips. Transfer to oven and bake until lightly brown, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto heatproof racks. Let sit for two minutes. Remove tins and continue to cool to room temperature. Yield: 12 pecan rolls.

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Cinnamon Rolls Perfected - Sugar Pies
Pecan Sticky Buns - The Teacher Cooks
Schnecken - One Perfect Bite
Overnight Sticky Buns - Plain Chicken
Butterscotch Sticky Buns - Pinch My Salt
Apple Butter Sticky Buns - Modern Comfort Food
Caramel Apple Sticky Buns - The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Cinnamon Pecan Rolls - Foodista

94 comments:

Ginny said...

What a georgous sight!! I imagine one of these with a cup of coffee would be almost a meal, though a forbidden one! Who wants to wait till dessert? Anything that even vaguely resembles this, Phil calls stickey buns. He lumps them all unde this one generic term. And I guess if it's shaped like a bun, and it's stickey, he has a point!

The Sweetylicious said...

it look so lovely and tempting! yummy! (:

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I have never made these although I love to eat them- thank you for the inspiration!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

looks very yummy ..

sally said...

What an great title! This roll does look wicked good!

mia xara said...

It looks amazing and mouthwatering!Great for a coffee break (and for a nightly kitchen invasion)Have a great week!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Mouth watering! Take care. Diane

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Oh my goodness . . . this looks amazing.

Fondly,
Glenda

Cindy said...

You have a very beautiful blog, Mary, thanks so much for visiting mine.
Your photographs are breathtaking.

Alessandra said...

Lovely, they sure look wicked good! Pecan are so expensive here in New Zealand, I suppose that they need to import them all from far away!

ciao
Alessandra

tandysinclair.com said...

what a lovely addition, I want to start experimenting with sticky rolls soon :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Whoa! Now you're talking! I'd even pass up the best OZ bakery in the land if I could get my hands on one (hell, make that a whole batch!) of those!

Priya said...

Very addicitive rolls,truly marvellous..

Natasha Green ★ said...

I freaking love peanuts! Are you a fan of peanut brittle? I may try making these myself. Hope all is well Natasha, from www.theramblesandshamblesblog.blogspot.com

Martha said...

These are a favorite of ours as well and I like your recipe! Texas size muffin pans. Never thought of that!!! I may have to get one!

muppy said...

This looks really delicious! My sort of sweets :)

Ana Rita said...

Yummmi.....So good Mary!!!!
I also love gooey and this is just my kind of treat.

Kisses,
Rita

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Those sound wickedly good for sure! ;) And, what's not to like about Texas sizeed pecan rolls?! Thank you, Mary. Blessings ~ Tanna

kitchen flavours said...

This looks really good. Anything gooey is always fun to eat! And this looks like one that I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren said...

The photo made me salivate. I'm thinking this isn't something with a gluten-free modification but they look delcious.

Nina Timm said...

Wicked is just about the word I was going to descraibe these rolls. Bring the coffee, let's have a break together!!

ann@Apples and Twinkies said...

Simply stunning, Mary. I'm going to attempt pecan rolls this week. I love these.

The Blonde Duck said...

I would be so dangerous around these.

bellini valli said...

This is the second time I have come across pecans this morning. I so wish I lived in Georgia!!!!

Kim said...

WOW! These looks so good, so sticky, so full of good stuff! I like that you use challah bread for the rolls, great idea!

Gloria said...

OM this look absolutely nice dear Mary! blessings dear! gloria

Clint said...

One word: sinful.

Jenn said...

As a kid, pecan rolls would make me run the other way. Something about pecans on rolls that were sort of like cinnamon rolls but not..just didn't sit well with me!! lol Another food aversion I have overcome, thank god!!! These look so wonderfully gooey!!!

From the Kitchen said...

You had me at "wicked good". And, with the addition of the nuts, a healthy treat. Right?

Best,
Bonnie

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

You said it, WICKED GOOD! They look fantastic, and now I have to spend the rest of the day wishing I had one!

The Teacher Cooks said...

This photo is an inspiration for me to get in the kitchen and cook these. My husband will be in heaven. To make it easier just send me yours that are in the freezer! Thanks for the link. You are so kind.

The Food Hound said...

Sold! I never make sticky buns because they are labor-intensive and you can't make them ahead of time (as opposed something you can make the night before and pop into the oven the next am). But I really, really need to because I LOVE THEM!!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Oh forget it, these look AMAZING! Great idea to make them and freeze - I don't do that nearly enough! I would prefer the LARGE size myself!! :)

Big Dude said...

I usually don't pay must attantion to posts for sweets, but this is an exception - I love pecan rolls. When I was a kid, after the movies, we'd go to the downtown restaurant and get a pecan roll - sliced into three pieces and grilled in butter - I still drool when I think of them.

Soumya Vineeth said...

This is so much inviting, these are well clicked and much tempting, hubby too drooling!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary I haven't had breakfast yet, and I could just lick the screen! YUMMY! I LOVE pecans... not to mention sweet rolls!
Yvonne

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

These look great! My boyfriend loves any kind of sticky roll/pecan roll/cinnamon bun type concoction. I might have to make these for him eventually!

- Maggie

Rita said...

They do look wickedly good! Saving this recipe.
Rita

Claudia said...

I've always shyed away from breakfast treats - thinking the pastry making was too daunting. These are indeed wickedly good and I will rethink my baking prowess instead of buying them.

lena said...

i recently heard abt these sticky buns from a blogger too and great learning tips here!

Candace said...

I've got to get over my fear of yeast. I usually just pass over the recipes that has that included. I love pecan rolls so much. I think my coffee would taste much better right now if I had one. :)

Cheryl said...

I am feeling fatter just looking at those. YUM! I have only made Cinnamon Rolls, I may have to give these a try! Thanks for sharing!

FOODESSA said...

In order to satisfy my sweet as well as savoury cravings...I sometimes separate recipes too. You're a wise woman Mary ;o)

For you to use the word 'wicked'...I do believe they are just that great ;o)

Have a wonderful day.
Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

yummychunklet said...

Mary, how delicious these look! I'll save these for the "later" pile as my office workers are yelling at me that I'm "derailing" their diets with my baked goods. Ha! Great post!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Those look amazing - somewhere between a cinnamon roll and pecan pie. Yummy.

oliepants said...

That is for sure wicked and good - in all the right ways! I could definitely use on right now.

RamblingTart said...

Oh, what decadent deliciousness, Mary. :-) Just seeing this picture makes me think of lazy Saturday mornings in my grandmother's kitchen, sunshine streaming through the windows as us kids sit around in our pjs munching on her baking. :-)

Harika's Kitchen said...

Lovely...never heard abt this.

That Girl said...

I love the dense quality of challah, and I can imagine it working wonderfully for these rolls.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Oh Mary, you are killing me with this one! I am at work and forgot my lunch and have nothing better then a McDonald's to choose from and you are tempting me with fresh hot homemade pecan rolls!! I guess I will just have to close my eyes and dream of the first bite.

Bizzy said...

This could be my guilty pleasure. I can just imagine, at the end of the day, when I need energy, sitting down to one of these.

flying eagle woman said...

OHHHH so yummy - I want to go home and make some right now! Oh but wait, I'm stuck in this cubicle for another 6 hours. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm always on the lookout for THAT SPECIAL DOUGH.
We had something like these in our longhouse meal yesterday - I wish I'd taken a picture of our longhouse table...a table laden with delicious traditional "NDN" foods and then there, in sticky sweet glory - OUR version of WICKED GOOD PECAN ROLLS

SMILES
Shawna

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Mary that is just sinful :)

Joanne said...

I feel like you've taken the best parts of each recipe and turned it into one deliciously amazing cohesive whole!

teresa said...

oh YUM! these do look wicked good, i could never stop at just one.

Anonymous said...

I'm ready to make these, got the butter out to soften, but don't see a temp to bake at. I'll go with 350, or check one of my other recipes that's similar.

PeggyR said...

Those look wonderful!

Pam said...

They do look wicked good! They make my mouth water.

Mary said...

Anonymous, fortunately you guessed correctly. The temperature has been added to the recipe. Blessings...Mary

nanny said...

Mouth watering photo.....
Wish I had one for breakfast with a cup of hot coffee.....

egbkid said...

Wow! Those look sinfully delicious!!

Jennifurla said...

wowzer, oh my. This is my favorite one you have posted so far. Drop dead decadent yum.

Shelley said...

These do look yummy! I haven't yet attepted to make challah. It's on my to do list. SOunds much more interesting than using a standard brioche.

Parsley Sage said...

OHMIGOSH! These look soooo good. I love pecans. I never get them here because I never know what to do with them. Problem solved now! :)

Thanks so much for sharing!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

These look completely delicious! I love your photos too. They're making me drool!!

Sarahx

pigpigscorner said...

Oh my, these look so good!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...this looks superb...

FunWidFud

Laural (bhealthier) said...

seriously!?! omg, mouth is still watering. Wow- those look absolutely incredible!

Juliana said...

Mary, these rolls look fabulous, love the pecans on it...very gooey and sticky. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :-)

Simply Life said...

oh wow! these look so professional! You can definitely start a business making these! :)

Stevie said...

This has to be my all-time favorite naughty indulgence. Thanks for brightening my Monday. Wow! I wish that I was sitting in your kitchen with that big plate of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven right in front of me.

Ryan said...

I'm craving cinnamon rolls/sticky buns/ pecan rolls after all of your delicious posts! Beautiful pictures as well! I'm sure your family and friends were absolutely thrilled with these delicious pecan rolls and thats a great idea to freeze some for Easter as well!

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Yum...this looks insanely delicious!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

omg...Mary...sinful. :))) Perfect for prelent...lol Have a wonderful day!

mary beth said...

Wow Mary! You have me drooling with just the picture of these pecan rolls! I have not had much success with sweet rolls of any kind, but am determined to become as good at making them as I am at eating them! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying HI! I love hearing from everyone who stops by! I'm going to browse through your recipes and I know I will be inspired.

Kay Heritage said...

Oh, yes. These look wickedly good! And thank you so much for your encouragement, Mary, during your recent visit! Will definitely look at Jamie's blog, too. Look forward to learning some wonderful things from you. :)

Pacheco Patty said...

Wow, bookmarked and I thank you for the recipe, they look just wonderful;-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow Mary - You got me with this one. Whenever I'm in Panera's I can't resist their pecan rolls, but yours look even better. I may have to give in to temptation.

Holly said...

Oh Mary Mary Mary! These look incredible!! Mmmmm

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

OH wow!!! These pecan rolls look incredible! I will be making these very soon!! :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Mary, must you tempt me always?! Those pecans on top really send me off

Chele said...

I love recipes like this, its my kind of baking. They look such a treat and soooooooooo tempting. I'll be making these the next free weekend we get. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hovkonditorn said...

These look lovely!

Sprinzette @ Ginger and Almonds said...

Looks seriously wicked, and very tempting. How delicious.

Elaine said...

The topping looks wonderful on these!

tootie said...

These look heavenly!!

Lucie said...

I love the idea of using a challah base--this sounds great for an afternoon treat AND breakfast!

Hannah Marie said...

Wow those look amazing Mary, I like all of the recipes you have posted so far!!!

A little bit of everything said...

i love the sound of these rolls. love the pecan topping, such a wonderful and delicious idea.
thanks for sharing Mary

My Little Space said...

Oh god, another killer! Did someone just said forbidden? ha...
Kristy

Karina said...

Oh how I wish I saw these before Lent! I'm bookmarking to have on Easter morning.

SashaInTheKitchen said...

Yum Mary - these look decadent and amazing. So delicious - I can't wait to try this

Mary said...

Anonymous, corn syrup has been added to the ingredient list. Thanks....Mary

Jim Brown said...

I am a 66 year old man living in Thailand and it is difficult to find good American food to buy here. So, I am forced to cook. I had to try these as I love pecan rolls. They came out absolutely delicious. I waited about 10 minutes after cooking before I had to have one. Decadent! Karo syrup here costs a fortune ($10) and pecans for this were about $9. It was well worth. I didn't have muffin pans so used a 9X13 pan for a substitute and it worked well. Thank you so much for this recipe.

Jim Brown

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