Fabulous Sticky Buns

"In my small bakery I've searched high and low for a sticky bun recipe that is made from scratch since I don't use pre-mixed ingredients. THIS, I tell you, is the absolute best. I retrieved it from Cook's Entertaining magazine (Cook's Illustrated). Use a food processor fitted with the dough blade if you have one readily available. I deviated a little by not doing the Pecan Topping. Just feel there's enough glaze. Putting the recipe in just in case you'd want to use it. Instead of the stand mixer I opted for the food processor."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 batch




  • Dough:

  • In the processor bowl, whisk eggs to combine.
  • Add buttermilk. Whisk in sugar, salt and yeast.
  • Add 2 cups of the flour and process until evenly moistened.
  • Add balance (2 1/4 cups) of the flour.
  • Process about 2 minutes.
  • Should be slightly sticky but comes away from sides of bowl.
  • Spray large bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Turn dough and cover with plastic wrap until doubled about 2- 2 1/2 hours.
  • Glaze:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepancook over medium heat until mixture is thoroughly combined. Pour into a 13x9" baking pan or dish. Spread to cover evenly. Set aside.
  • Combine filling ingredients well.
  • Assembling and Baking:

  • On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 16x12". Brush with the 1 tablespoons melted butter leave 1/2" border at top edge. Brush sides of the baking pan with a little bit of the butter.
  • Sprinkle ingredients over the surface evenly. Press into dough to allow filling to adhere.
  • Starting from the 16" side nearest to you, roll up. Pinch edges. Stretch to 18". Cut roll in half and then halves again to get 12 pieces.
  • Place evenly in pan. Let raise until sides meet and are puffy.
  • I actually did this recipe up to this point and covered it with plastic wrap and refrigerated it until morning. Take out early enough so that it raises quicker.
  • Bake 350 degree oven30-35 minutes or until thermometer reads 180 degrees in the center bun. Remove and let cool 10 minute.
  • Turn out onto a large rectangular dish or low-sided pan.
  • Optional: Top with Pecan Topping.

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  1. Jane H.
    Very frustrated because in the ingredients listed for the dough it calls for 6 T. butter melted and cooled. In the directions it doesn't say when or where to use it.


My hobby is catering and most of all BAKING. Believe it or not I enjoy what I do. Especially so when I can cook for 350 or more for some of our church dinners. Love it, love it, love it. Hopefully some of my recipes will be tried.
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