There’s a whole variety that I adore when it comes to bread. Be it plain bread, stuffed bread, or baked or fried bread, bread is a go-to food for me when I don’t feel like eating a full meal yet want that shot of carbohydrates injected into my body. Dare I say I consider bread my lifesaver during my hungriest moments.
My go-to bakery sells these adorably pretty and delicious-looking sticky buns filled with cinnamon, and I buy them five out of seven days of the week, and I thought, hey, why don’t I make my own?
So what I did is I scoured the internet for sticky bun recipes, as long as a bunch of sticky bun facts that I’m going to share with you and my own twists on them.
What are Sticky Buns?
So, what are sticky buns? What exactly do we mean when we say they’re ‘sticky’? And no, we don’t put gum in them. Please, no.
Sticky buns are called sticky because they’re basically rolled bread and very similar to what we know as cinnamon rolls. They’re rolled leavened dough lined with ingredients that make them stick, usually brown sugar, honey, or cinnamon.
When the dough is lined with these, they are then rolled, cut, and each piece compressed together for baking to form a flat loaf, or you can also bake them apart.
Now, that does sound like cinnamon rolls, but what makes sticky buns different is that before baking, the bottom of the baking sheet is lined with caramel glaze and pecans (or whatever nuts you prefer). When it’s done baking, the bread is served upside down so that the pecans and the glaze are on top, oozing over the bread.
How to Make Sticky Buns
If you’re looking for how to make sticky buns from scratch, then look no further.
- ¼ cup of warm water
- one pack of active dry yeast
- ⅓ cup of sugar
- ¾ cup of milk
- 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 3 large egg yolks
- one and ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour.
- Mix warm water, yeast, and one teaspoon of sugar to make the dough and stir by hand.
- Let sit until it becomes foamy, and add milk, butter, sugar, salt, and three cups of flour.
- Set the electric mixer at low speed until thoroughly blended.
- Replace the electric mixer with a dough hook and mix again while adding the remaining cup of flour. Then, blend until the dough becomes smooth and sticky.
- Coat the dough with butter by putting it into a buttered bowl, then let sit and cover with plastic wrap in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours until the volume has doubled. Then, knead the dough onto a floured flat surface until smooth and elastic.
To make the filling simply spread melted butter onto the flattened dough, then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon. How much brown sugar and cinnamon you put is up to you! Roll up the dough, secure the ends by pinching, and then cut the dough into slices.
To make the toppings is where I get creative. I mix melted butter and brown sugar, then cook them over low heat in a saucepan. I also add honey for the extra sweet kick and a pinch of cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the baking sheet, then add pecans. Sometimes I add raisins, but when I’m serving it to family, I usually don’t because they don’t like raisins.
Place the sliced dough flat side down atop the mixture, crowd them and cover with plastic until the dough doubles, preferably overnight.
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375°F and bake for 30 minutes. When serving, invert it into a plate or tray with the pecans on top!
How to Make Sticky Buns Out of Cinnamon Rolls
To make sticky buns out of cinnamon rolls, simply prepare your toppings! Take melted butter, brown sugar, and pecans as the most basic toppings, cook as instructed above, and layer on the baking dish. Place your cinnamon rolls on top of the layer and bake for 20 to 30 minutes!
How to Make Sticky Buns with Biscuits
You can also make sticky buns with refrigerated biscuit dough! Take the biscuit dough, cut them into pieces, and form them into balls. Coat each piece with melted butter and into a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, then place on a baking dish.
Melt butter and combine sugar, cinnamon, and pecans in a separate bowl. Pour them over the biscuit. If you’re wondering how long to bake sticky buns mad with biscuits, bake at 450°F for 10 to 15 minutes.
How to Store Sticky Buns
To properly store sticky buns, we recommend refrigerating leftovers in an airtight container that will last for 3-4 days. They can also be kept at room temperature for two days, but make sure they are tightly sealed.
How to Reheat Sticky Buns
To reheat sticky buns, you can use the oven by preheating the oven to 350°F. Place the sticky buns into a baking dish and reheat for 10 minutes or until heated thoroughly.
You can also use the microwave if you’re pressed with time. Simply place your stored sticky buns in a microwave-safe plate or container and heat for 30 seconds (or more, depending on the power of your microwave and the condition of the sticky buns).