Sunday, April 8, 2012

All-Time Favorite Sticky Buns for Easter Brunch

             Happy Easter to All Who Celebrate

" Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It is hard to separate memory from the holidays, and fortunately for most of us, those memories are sweet. My earliest recollections of Easter include bunnies and baskets, but wedged in with them are fleeting images of shiny Mary Janes and bonnets with flower bands and flowing grosgrain ribbons. I can still conjur up the fragrance of the carnations my father proudly pinned to our new coats just before we began the walk to church on Easter morning. The day was filled with food that included my mother's yearly effort to make a lamb cake for our table. She never mastered the technique, but those malformed and Sisyphean attempts make the memory sweeter still. By the time my children came along, few paid attention to Easter outfits, but there were other traditions that were upheld. Now, before I say another word, I must tell you that my children suffer from no mental or psychological defects that would explain their curious propensity to spend hours hunting Easter eggs. The Silver Fox and I would, of course, oversee the first hunt of the day, but my children happily entertained themselves hiding and hunting those same eggs for the remainder of the afternoon.  I understand my grandchildren have also been afflicted with this curious behavior. Back then, though it would make me shake my head in wonder, I never interfered because it gave me time to cook. I know all of you have foods that are part of your holiday traditions. These buns are part of mine. I must tell you that they are dangerously delicious and seriously addictive, and there is not one thing in them that is good for you. They are evidence of my thrice yearly descent to the nutritional dark side, but once you taste them, you will see why I'm willing to put it all on the line and risk my reputation for clean and healthy living. While it's important to follow the directions exactly as they're written, the buns are not difficult to prepare and they can be made by anyone who has a stand mixer with a dough hook. The buns are quite simply wonderful and I hope you will give them a try. Here's the recipe.

Sticky Buns...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook

1-1/2 cups warm milk (105°–115°F)
2 (1/4-ounce) packages (or 5 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/3 cup granulated sugar
5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup dried currants
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup heavy cream

1) To make  dough: Stir together 1/2 cup warm milk, yeast, and a pinch of sugar in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, discard and start over with new yeast.) Put flour, remaining sugar, and salt in mixer bowl and mix with dough hook at low speed until combined.

Whisk together remaining 1 cup milk and eggs in a small bowl, then add to dry ingredients, along with yeast mixture, and mix at medium speed until a very soft dough forms, about 2 minutes. Add butter and continue beating until dough is smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes (dough will be very sticky).

Rinse a large bowl with hot water, then put dough in wet bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/4 hours.

2) To prepare  filling: Stir together all ingredients except butter in a small bowl.

3) To make syrup: Butter 12  large (1-cup)  muffin cups or 2 (9-inch)  cake pans. Combine butter, sugars, corn syrup, and heavy cream in a 1-quart saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring until butter is melted. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. If using muffin pans, spoon 2 tablespoons warm syrup into each muffin cup. If using cake pans, spoon half of warm syrup into each poan

4) To fill and form  buns: Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and dust with flour. Roll out into a 16-by-12-inch rectangle with a floured rolling pin. Turn dough if necessary so long side is nearest you. Brush off excess flour, then spread evenly with softened butter. Sprinkle filling evenly over dough. Beginning with long side near you, roll up dough to form a 16-inch-long log and press seam to seal.

Cut log crosswise into 12 rounds. Arrange buns cut sides up in muffin cups or cake pans. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

5) To bake buns: Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Bake buns until puffed and golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert buns onto rack and cool slightly. Serve warm. Yield 12 servings.

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This post is being linked to:

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Gloria Baker said...

Happy Easter dear Mary and a.lot of blessings for you and family!!
Love these buns!!and I have lovely memories from Easter too:)

Tom said...

They look amazing as usual. Happy Easter Mary!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Sticky Buns!! It is hard to find buns with this exact name nowadays, it seems they are called other, more fancy names. Growing up, we used to eat them all the time, and that is what we called them, too. Wishing you a wonderful Easter!

Katarina said...

Happy Easter! Your sticky buns looks delicious!

Pondside said...

These sound delicious and well worth the descent into dangerous eating!!
Happy Easter, Mary - and thanks for all the great recipes!

Coleens Recipes said...

What a perfect Easter morning treat!! Happy Easter friend.

Alicia Foodycat said...

They look delicious! When do you apply the syrup?

SImple and Serene Living said...

My early memories of Easter are similar to yours, Mary. Black patent leather shoes, white gloves, hats, and carnation or sweetheart rose corsages pinned on by my father.
Have a wonderful Easter, my friend.

Diane said...

Can I pop over and help you eat them please LOL. The look superb. Diane

Big Dude said...

Looks awesome and at 5:45 am, I could sure go for one with my coffee. Happy Easter

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

What a lovely post! It brought back many memories for me of my own childhood Easters and those of my children. The sticky buns look inviting and decadent. I made cinnamon rolls today too :-). Also, that blueberry almond cake from a year ago looks amazing! Have a blessed Easter!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I think these buns do indeed have one ingredient that is good for you, and that is love! Happy Easter, Mary!

Kim said...

These sticky buns are perfect for easter brunch. Happy Easter to you too, Mary!

Kay Little said...

Happy Easter Mary...enjoyed your post....we share some of the same memories of Easter! Blessings, K

Tanna said...

I agree with T.W.! The love they have been made with over time is better for the body and soul than any other thing in the world!! This may have to become one of our traditions!! xoxo blessings ~ tanna

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

I am drooling over your sticky buns, Mary. Easter Blessings to you & yours. xo

Unknown said...


happy easter

Vicki Bensinger said...

Mary these sticky buns couldn't be more beautiful to share with family on Easter or any day. What better time to indulge!

I too tend to reminis on days like today remembering all the smiles and laughter we shared when everyone was still around. I feel blessed to have such fond memories. I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter and create many new joyous memories today!

Jackie McGuinness said...

Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving such kind words!!

Claudia said...

Happy Easter, Mary. Those sticky buns are a better way to start the day than the jelly beans I am eating! Remembering days of bonnets and white gloves - how lucky we are to have such sweetness in our lives.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Happy EasterMary. These sticky buns are at the perfect way to begin.

From the Kitchen said...

Happy Easter to you and the Silver Fox Mary!


June said...

Oh my these look fabulous! Growing up in northern Canada, it inevitably snowed on Easter Sunday. Regardless, it was the first day we were allowed to wear knee socks instead of winter tights to church and show off our new shoes and hats too. You're right, memories are sweet. Happy Easter Mary.

Rebecca said...

Wow! Those sticky buns look like perfection! I wish that I had a crowd here with us for Easter, but this year it is just two people so I can't justify making the whole pan...otherwise hubby and I would eat them all!!

Lenia said...

Happy Easter Day to you & your family!Kisses from Greece,dear!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Happy Easter, Mary!!! Thanks for sharing so much deliciousness day after day!

Balvinder said...

That's beautiful post with perfect Sunny morning breakfast. Happy Easter!

Rita said...

Perfect Sticky buns! Happy Easter to you and your family Mary.

Lynn said...

The sticky buns look amazing Mary! I can almost smell them here... Happy Easter:@)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Mary, only three times a year you descent to the nutritional dark side?! You are SO good!! I wish I could be that good!! The buns sound fabulous. I'm going to post a Cinnamon Babka tomorrow and it was divine. Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter! He is risen indeed!
The lemon cream cheese pie was a hit at our Easter dinner table today. Thank you!

The Harried Cook said...

Happy Happy Easter! Blessings to you and your loved ones :) The sticky buns look delicious! i have been looking for a reliable recipe to try making sticky buns and I think I just might have found it! Thanks for sharing :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary, I bet your kitchen smells wonderful when you bake these scrumptious looking sticky buns!I wonder... do you every take the leftover stickies (are there ever any?)and fry them in butter. I know just reading this will add to your cholesterol count, but there is a diner in Penn State that has fried stickies and everyone had to try just one... beyond amazing!

Joanne said...

Delving into the nutritional dark side a few times a year (or err...once a week for some of us) is par for the course! These look amazing!


There is no morning that calls for sticky buns ... like Easter.

My Little Space said...

Now, how I wish I live nearer. haha... these buns look incredibly yummy.

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