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October 21, 2013

Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

Recipe for Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns
Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns




I love my youngest son. We went to the mall a couple of weeks back and my in-laws bought my sons new teddy bears. My oldest named his stuffed animal Mr. Fluffy (it is a cat), my youngest named his teddy bear Steve. That's right Steve. There is a story that makes it a little more logical. My two kids are currently obsessed with Minecraft and one of the characters name is Steve. However, Steve the teddy bear also has a definite back story and personality. My youngest has created a whole story about where Steve came from, what he's afraid of and he even draws pictures for Steve so he doesn't get lonely. When I asked him if Steve got lonely he told me "of course not, he's a teddy bear". A teddy bear named Steve with a back story. I wish that I had half the imagination and simple hilarity of a 4-year-old, I think all adults could use a little more of it.

Today's recipe came about from the groans of my oldest having to eat gluten free bread. While I have to eat gluten free, my kids luckily have not inherited any of my problems. Most of the time they are great about eating gluten free foods, but every once in a while they rebel. This was one of those weeks. So I promised that I would bake my kids something sweet for breakfast made with wheat flour (I wear gloves and use separate bowls etc - I'm lucky that inhaling the flour does not bother me as long as I'm careful). I decided on a recipe for Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns from the Taste of Home website.
Image of Ritter Park Rose Garden Fountain
Ritter Park Rose Garden Fountain

This recipe has 13 ingredients. It takes 3 hours of total time, 30 minutes of which is active and makes 12 servings. I did make a few changes to the original recipe. First, I was out of pecans so I made half the batch with walnuts and half without. Second, I had caramels leftover from a sponsored party so instead of making the caramel sauce I melted 14 caramels and 1/4 cup of 2 percent milk and poured it into the pan. Since the caramels harden a little more than cream and brown sugar I heated the buns in the microwave for 10 seconds before serving the next day. The dough rose beautifully and it was very easy to work with.
Image of Mushroom at Rotary Park Huntington, WV
Mushroom at Rotary Park Huntington, WV

These sticky buns were very popular with my two boys. My mother-in-law tried one when they were a couple of days old and she said that they were still very good reheated in the microwave. The dough was very easy to work with and rose even though my kitchen was on the cooler side. They had risen far above the top of the pan after an hour rise and made perfect large buns. Definitely a recipe I would use again with pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts.

For the recipe go to Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns.

Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns

Recipe Type: Breakfast
Summary:
A delicious pecan sticky bun recipe using wrapped caramels. The dough is easy to work with and rises easily.
Preparation Time: 2h, 30m
Cooking Time: 0h, 30m
Total Time: 3h, 0m
Yield: Serves 12

22 comments:

  1. I bet your kids were happy - they look fantastic!!

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  2. They look delicious! Great for breakfast and snacks too. :)

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    1. Thanks, my kids ate some for breakfast and then as a snack between lunch and dinner. So they are definitely a nice sweet treat any time of the day!

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  3. mmm, delicious! my son has a wonderful imagination, too!

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    1. I love my son's imagination. As we get older we lose many great things like our imaginations, which is a shame since kids come up with so many great ideas!

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  4. My family isn't all that big on nuts, so I would leave the pecans out, but otherwise, these sound amazing.

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    1. One of my sons likes nuts the other doesn't, so I made half the batch with walnuts and the other half without. That way everyone was happy :) I'm with your family, I like nuts by themselves, but not in recipes etc.

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  5. I'm sure Steve is happy to be a part of the family. :)

    The buns looks delish.

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    1. I'm sure Steve is too, he goes everywhere with us now :) The buns really were great according to my kids (I wish I could have tried one!).

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  6. My goodness those buns look delish.

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    1. Thanks :) They were a nice breakfast treat for my family!

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  7. My kids love, love sticky buns and I love caramel. Sticky buns are something we eat traditionally around Easter as well in my culture. This is a must make without the pecans. :)

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    1. I am a huge caramel fan too! My mother always made sticky buns and orange rolls for breakfast on Easter also. I make them almost every year to follow on the tradition. I agree about the no nuts too, I'm not a fan, but my boys like them :)

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  8. They look SUPER! Great for the breakfast with a large glass of milk.

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    1. Thanks :) They would be great with a large glass of milk!

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  9. Yum, yum, yum! These look delicious. They'd be so good for a holiday brunch. I love your story about Steve. My kids favorite toys have interesting names; my son's beloved elephant is called...Elephant, plain and simple. My daughter's soft doll that she has had since birth is named Stinker. She named her that herself when she was two, and we have never known why. :)

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    1. I agree, they would be great for a holiday brunch! I love that your kids named their stuffed animals :) My youngest is going to my inlaws tomorrow and he has packed Steve a bag to take with him. He has clothes and everything!

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  10. These look delicious! Im a follower, and saw your recipe on "Thursday Favorite Things"!

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    1. Thanks :) They were very popular with my sons and husband!

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  11. I like the story of Steve. Bear. Also thought the caramel sticky buns looked delicious + Ann Jones.

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    1. Thanks :) My youngest is definitely attached to Steve the bear!

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