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
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
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