While cinnamon rolls may be from the Gods, pecan sticky buns may be from Hades because they are addictive and sinful. Sinfully good that is.
This is a pretty straight-forward recipe, using the same dough recipe that is used for my cinnamon rolls. If you're feeling ambitious, double the recipe and make both at the same time. Oh, ya. My kind of idea. And when you do, call me, I'll be there. And I wonder why my pants don't fit anymore...
Pecan Sticky Buns yields 15-18 rolls
1 cup warm milk (between 105-115 degrees F)
1/3 cup melted butter (no margarine, that is of the devil)
1 T quick acting yeast
1/2 cup white sugar
1 t salt
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a stand mixer, (I use my Kitchen Aid) with the bread hook attachment, add the warm milk, melted butter, yeast and sugar. Set on low speed and let mix for 2 minutes. Turn mixer off and let yeast activate for 10 minutes. You might see bubbling, which is good. Very good. If your milk was too hot, you'll kill the yeast and have to start over. Good rule of thumb is to have the milk the same temp as bath water. Too hot for your fingers, too hot for yeast. After yeast has bloomed, add the eggs one at a time and let mix. Sprinkle in salt and half the flour. Let the bread work for about 2 minutes and then add the rest of the flour. Let mix for a good 5 minutes. Keeping the dough in your bowl, place dough, covered with a clean kitchen towel, in a warm area of your kitchen. I place my dough on the stove while the oven is preheating. Let the dough rise for at least an hour but up to 3 hours.
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 T ground cinnamon, the best you can find
1 cup roasted pecans, chopped
1/3 c melted butter
Pour 2 cups of whole pecans onto a baking sheet and roast in the 400 degree oven for 5-8 minutes, or until toasted. You will use 1 cup of pecans for the filling and the other cup for the caramel topping. Chop one cup of the pecans until finely chopped. Stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set all ingredients aside for assembly.
1 stick butter
1 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 c heavy cream
1 cup toasted whole pecans
Butter a 9X13 casserole dish and set aside. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and cook till sugar is completely dissolved and smooth, about 5-7 minutes. Take off heat and add the salt and heavy cream. Stir till cream is completely incorporated. Pour caramel sauce into the prepared 9X13 pan, spreading it evenly over the bottom. Sprinkle the caramel with the whole pecans and set aside.
Once your dough has risen for at least an hour, pour it out onto a floured flat counter. Roll dough into a 16X12 inch rectangle. Spread the melted butter into the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon brown sugar all over the dough, using your hand to smear it evenly to all the edges of the dough. Sprinkle the dough with the chopped pecans. Roll the dough into a jelly roll. Cut dough into rolls about 3/4 inch thick. Place in the caramel sauce, 12 rolls per pan. Place rolls back in a warm area and let rise again for at least 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven and immediately turn the rolls out onto a cookie sheet, being careful of the hot caramel sauce. Scoop any pecans and caramel out of the 9X13 pan and spread onto the rolls. Ready to eat.