Saturday Recipe for 10-23-10: Sticky Buns

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This is my favorite recipe for picture perfect and fabulous sticky buns.  The  recipe makes 24 buns, but they freeze beautifully.  People will want to buy them from you!


1 cup milk
1/3 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons lightly salted butter
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 envelopes active dry yeast (not quick rise)
1/2 cup very warm water (110-115 degrees F.)
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 cup lightly salted butter
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pecan or walnut halves
About 10 candied cherries (optional)

For Buns:
1.  Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edge.  Remove from heat and add 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of the butter, and the salt; stir to melt butter then cool to lukewarm.
2.  In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast and the 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar over the 1/2 cup warm water; let stand for 5 minutes.  Add milk mixture, eggs, and lemon peel.  Add 2 cups of the flour and beat for 1 minute with a wooden spoon.  Gradually beat or stir in as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough.
3.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead for 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Place dough in a greased bowl and turn over to bring greased side up.  Cover with a tea towel and let rise 1 to 2 hours in a warm place, until double in bulk.

For Topping:
1.  In a saucepan heat brown sugar, butter, and water over low heat.  When butter is melted, bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring constantly.  Pour syrup into two 9-inch square baking pans.  Arrange nuts and cherries in syrup.

To Shape and Bake Buns:
1.  Melt remaining 3 Tablespoons butter.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; cut in half and let stand for 5 minutes.
2.  Roll one piece of dough into a 14-by-9-inch rectangle.  Brush with half of the melted butter, then sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Roll up like a jelly roll, starting with one long side.  Cut into 12 pieces and arrange on top of syrup in pan.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Cover and let rise 40-60 minutes or until double in bulk.
3.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until nicely browned.  Remove from oven and turn out onto a large plate or platter.  Spoon any excess syrup in the pan over buns, rearranging nuts and cherries if necessary.  Let buns cool.  Makes 24 buns.  Buns freeze and reheat well.

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