Seriously say hello to the best gooey, nutty, cinnamon pecan sticky buns! Admittedly, this is the same recipe as our Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe. However, the sweetness here comes from the gooey pecan caramel that forms on the bottom of the pan while cooking!
Similarly, you could use the sticky bun caramel in this recipe in our Sourdough Cinnamon Roll recipe! Besides using up your sourdough starter discard, you would have a great breakfast treat!
Clearly, these buns will fill your house with a heavenly scent. Without a doubt, these will be a family favorite over at your house!
Healthy? Well, let’s just call these an weekend indulgence! After all, this year is kicking our butt, so let’s take the weekend to savory a little sweetness.
If you love pecans, you may want to check out a few of our other pecan recipes:
For the Dough:
- 1 ½ cup warm milk (about 110 degrees F)
- 4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 9 Tbls salted butter melted and cooled
- 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
For the Filling:
- 2 sticks butter softened but not melted
- 3 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 5 Tbls cinnamon
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
For the Sticky Bun Spread:
- 1 ½ cups butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
For the Dough:
- First, wisk the yeast into the warm milk and let stand for 3-4 minutes.
- Next, mix flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Wisk eggs and butter into milk mixture.
- At this time, pour the wet ingredients over the dry and blend until the dough comes together. A firm rubber spatula or plastic bench scraper works well.
- Now its time to turn the dough out onto lightly floured counter and gently knead until the dough is firm but still a little sticky. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
- Lightly coat a large bowl with vegetable oil. Place the dough into the oiled bowl and cover with a moist dish towel. Set the bowl in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size about 1 hour.
- Prepare the filling by mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
Prepare Sticky Bun Spread:
- Combine the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt, and cream together for 2 minutes on high speed with hand blender.
- Add the corn syrup and vanilla extract, and continue to cream for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Stir in the pecans and spread mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking pan, or split between 2 smaller pans.
Roll out cinnamon rolls:
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle. Spread the softened butter onto the dough. I like to use my hands.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the butter. Make sure that coverage is even, but not all the way on one edge.
- Starting on the long end, roll the dough up firmly, tucking the ends in as you go. Cut into 12 slices and place into sticky bun spread in the pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with oil and allow the rolls to rise for 1 hour or until nearly double.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Warm the heavy cream until the chill is off. Once the rolls have risen, pour the heavy cream over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through. Rotate the rolls at 10 minutes. If they are getting too browned, cover loosely with foil for the remaining baking time.
- Remove rolls to cool briefly. If you cool too long the sticky syrup will set up.
- Place a cookie sheet over top of pan, and very carefully flip the entire pan over so they are upside down. Pat on the bottom of the pan and gently remove, scraping out any of the tasty bits that may be left in pan.
- Serve warm.
- Category: breakfast
- Method: baking
Keywords: sticky buns