i have absolutely zero pictures of buns to share with you, today.
mom is actually doing the baking of the sticky buns today. hence, why we will be photo-free. but, i really wanted to share this family recipe with you, and to do so after christmas seems rather anti-climactic. so, in a couple of days when i share some christmas day photos, i will be sure to include close-ups of buns. [if you haven't gathered already, yes, buns are just about up there with balls in terms of humour that cracks me up].
we have had my mom’s sticky buns for christmas morning breakfast ever since i can remember. even when my grandma c hosted christmas, mom brought over the sticky buns. now, i sure wish i had video capabilities for the blog. i would love to have a sound bite of my uncle paul, from years past, and his exuberant “sticky bunnnsss!!” shout as he burst in the door of my grandma and grandpa c’s house, christmas morning. from this moment on, the hilarity of christmas day was started. (this is the same uncle paul who is the king of wrapping paper ripping). uncle paul also holds a place of esteem when it comes to sticky buns because he is the only family member to actually spread BUTTER on his buns [<-intentionally worded!]. we all hoot with laughter, every year, because as you will see, the very last thing you need on sticky buns is more butter!!
christmas morning sticky buns
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast (or 2 packages)
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 cups milk , scalded
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 6 1/2 – 7 flour (lesser amount all you need on a dry, sunny day)
soften yeast in warm water. combine hot milk, margarine, sugar, salt. stir til shortening is melted and mixture is lukewarm. add 2 cups flour. beat well (mom uses a handmixer). beat in yeast and eggs. gradually add remaining flour, beating well. (you will need to beat the last cup of flour in by hand; dough is too sticky for beaters). place dough in a greased bowl. grease top of dough. cover with greased wax paper and a clean towel. let rise in a warm place until double (approx 1.5 hours). stir dough down. divide into 4 pieces. pat each piece into a rectangle (approx 12″ x 8″).
brush each rectangle with 1 tablespoon of soft butter. over butter, sprinkle 1/4 c sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon. starting at long side, roll up jelly-roll style. seal. cut each into 8 equal pieces.
in each of 4 loaf pans, place a mixture of:
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1/3 cup pecans or raisins
top mixture with 8 rolls, placed cut side down. let rise until double, about 45 minutes. bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. invert on foil paper placed on a rack. remove pans. cool. these will freeze well.
as you can see, these buns are intense both in terms of prep and buttery richness! the making of the sticky buns is an all-day labour of love for mom. but, we all adore them, greatly! there is also great debate amongst family members as to whether you prefer the pecan or raisin buns. (me -> pecan. not a raisin-anything fan).
i have never made sticky buns, myself. each year, there is talk that mom should give a demo lesson to the brother, sil ana, cousin kate…i would be in for a group sticky bun class!
do you have a traditional christmas morning breakfast/brunch menu? i know many families enjoy an overnight egg and bread dish…although at christmas, anything goes! want bonbons and eggnog? i say, go for it!