Sticky Buns for Easter
29 inch pans of buns
29 inch pans of buns
For the Dough
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick buttersalted or unsalted
  • 1/3cup honey or sugar
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 eggsslightly beaten
  • 3.5cups AP flouror 438 gms
For the Topping
  • 1cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrupLight Karo
  • 1 stick buttersalted or unsalted
  • 3tbsp cocoa powderoptional
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 stick buttermelted
  • 1cup sugar
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2tbsp cocoa powderoptional
To Make the Dough
  1. You may mix this soft dough by hand or in a standing mixer with the paddle attachment.
  2. Pour milk into mixing bowl. Melt butter on the stove or in the microwave. Pour hot melted butter into the milk. Add the honey, salt, yeast and eggs. Use whisk to mix together. Do not beat or froth.
  3. Add the flour and stir to mix with wooden spoon or your hands. If a stubborn amount of flour remains then wet your hands and mix in the last bit. If using a mixer, mix just until flour is incorporated. Do not knead. The dough will be soft.
  4. Scrape down the dough from the sides of the bowl and incorporate it into the dough mass. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until it doubles, about 1-2 hours. The dough will be much easier to work with if you refrigerate it at this point. Let it sit in the refrigerator for at least a few hours or overnight.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the topping
Prepare the Topping
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the corn syrup and the brown sugar and stir. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to mix. Once the mixture comes to a boil allow it to cook for 1 minute. Immediately pour it into two 8 or 9 inch cake pans. Top the syrup with the pecans. Set aside while you prepare the buns once the dough is ready.
Make the Buns
  1. Remove the risen dough from the bowl and knead it a few times to bring it together. Divide it in half.
  2. Roll out each piece of dough into a 9″ by 14″ rectangle. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Add cocoa powder if using. Brush lightly with melted butter. Sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar over each dough rectangle
  3. For small buns, roll the dough up as for a jelly roll with the long side of the rectangle facing you. For large buns roll up the dough starting with the short side. Pinch the edges closed to seal.
  4. Cut the buns into 1 to 1 1/2″ pieces and arrange them on the prepared topping. Cover the pans and let buns rise until doubled in bulk about 1 hour. You may let them rest overnight in the refrigerator and bake them in the morning.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.
  6. Turn the baked buns out of the pans onto serving plates immediately.