These delicious orange zest infused sticky buns may just become a must for your Christmas brunch. The recipe is small, easy and quick to prepare . . . and if you don't have time in the morning, simply bake ahead, leave in pan, cover with foil and reheat before inverting onto plate.
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cups chopped pecans
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp instant or fine quick acting yeast
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 3 cups flour, divided
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- zest from one medium orange
- Line 9 x 9 pan (for 9 buns) or 9 x 13 pan (for 12 buns) with parchment paper
- In mixing bowl begin with sugar, yeast and salt. Add hot tap water and let sit for a few minutes, until frothy looking. (you can use a kitchen aid with bread hook attachment or a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon)
- In the meantime, melt butter for topping, adding the rest of the ingredients except for the nuts. Bring to boil. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with nuts.
- To yeast mix in bowl, add oil and 1 cup flour and then the eggs, mixing them in well.
- Stir in the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time until you can knead and shape it into a soft ball, not too sticky if handled with a dusting of flour. Cover and let rise 20 - 30 minutes.
- While the dough is rising, melt butter for spreading and mix all the filling ingredients.
- Roll dough out on floured surface to about 10 x 12 or 14 inches. Spread with butter and filling.
- Roll up, starting on long side. Cut into 9 or 12 pieces, depending on how big in height you wish them to be or how many you are serving) and place on top of sticky topping in pan.
- Cover loosely with plastic and let rise another 20 - 30 minutes, until they don't have room to spread any more.
- Bake at 350 F for about 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown. ( lesser time for larger pan)
- Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Cover with serving plate and carefully flip buns onto plate. Serve warm.
If your kitchen is warm, these take about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish.