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Make-Ahead Ooey-Gooey Sticky Buns

BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Yield 2 dozen (serving size: 1 bun)
Treat your family to an out-of-this-world weekend breakfast or brunch featuring these decadent sticky buns.

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons stick margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Nutrition Information

  • calories 188
  • caloriesfromfat 19 %
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 3.7 g
  • carbohydrate 35.1 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 110 mg
  • calcium 51 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar in 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place 3 3/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until blended. Combine 2/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup water, and egg. With processor on, slowly add milk mixture and yeast mixture through food chute; process until dough forms a ball. Process for an additional minute. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

  2. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Combine 1/3 cup milk, 1 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, and margarine in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Divide pecans evenly between 2 (9-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray. Top each with half of brown sugar mixture.

  3. Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Roll into a 24 x 10-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface; coat entire surface of dough with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over dough. Beginning with a long side, roll up jelly-roll fashion; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends of roll). Cut roll into 24 (1-inch) slices, using string or dental floss. Arrange 12 slices, cut sides up, in each pan. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray, and let rise in refrigerator 8 to 24 hours or until doubled in size.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°.

  5. Bake rolls at 375° for 23 minutes. Run a knife around outside edges of pans. Place a plate upside down on top of pan; invert onto plate.

  6. Mixer Variation: Combine yeast mixture, 3 cups flour, granulated sugar, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl. Add 2/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup water, and egg. Beat at medium speed of a mixer until blended. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands. Proceed to step