It’s a good thing I don’t eat like this every day! This could seriously wreck all your resolutions and wreak havoc on your life. I am not making any promises of low-fat.
I am not going to tell you that you will just have a little bite. This is the kind of breakfast, dessert, or snack (maybe even dinner) that will make you get teary-eyed.
I’m also not going to lie and say my kids eat this every week. This is a new tradition that I will make for my cuties. A very rare and special tradition. Not only for Christmas morning. I will treat them with this ooey gooey yumminess when I feel like spoiling them with a little more sugar. Because this is so ooey and gooey and dreamy, only sometimes!
I’d like to just take a minute to talk a little about a few of my friends. I won the friendship lottery with our next door neighbors. We met and it was like meeting family I never knew I had. Sometimes we trade a dish of what we made for dinner at the back fence. We often share glorious meals and fun birthdays. We celebrate holidays and anniverseries. We share life’s ups and downs. When life has us apart due to busy days, we meet for a quick pow-wow with some shots of Ramazzotti and catch up. The guys like to impress us with pizza throw downs. Our children are more like siblings than friends.
Here we are with our super cool neighbors. It was my birthday. Hubby surprised me and took me to the Hard Rock Casino in Fort Lauderdale to gamble. I don’t gamble. It was a hoot! There were people glued to the slot machines. Some were in their 80’s. Cigarette in one hand, other hand tightly gripping the slot handle. Praying for a win. As we were walking through the casino gasping for any minute breath of cigarette-free air, Marisa kept looking at me and whispering and with a twinkle in her eye, “I didn’t know you like to gamble?” Apparently, my hubby thought I did?
I don’t have a sister. Marisa is the closest thing to my sister. She’s my little Sicilian sister. When we moved next door and I found out we went to high school together, my jaw dropped! We were in the same class. We’re born a week apart! We didn’t know each other in high school. We’re catching up on lost time. My kids think they have 4 extra grandparents because they think my neighbor’s parents are their “nonni”. How cute is that?
Isn’t she gorgeous! She is my Yoda. I go to her for advise. She is wise and calm. Always with the right answer. That’s her doll of a husband Eric. He’s our Veterinarian. He is also our “general doctor”. Whatever ails us, we call Eric. He sometimes knows more than our GP’s.
Then there are my girls in Rimini, Italy. My American friends that moved to Italy and followed their dreams. I almost moved to Rimini one summer too. But then I met my husband. That’s a story for another day . They have beautiful little Italian kids and I live vicariously through their posts on Facebook. We see each other almost ever summer. When we met, we were all single and not too serious. We giggle about the old days.
Megan and Julianne are special to me. I can them Megi and Jules. They call me LoLo. They are the kind of friends you can sit doing nothing with and be totally content. We all love to cook and Megan is a pretty rockin’ baker. Julianne makes amazing pasta dishes.
These are just some of my special friends. I do have a few others. I am not sure they want a shout-out on my blog. I’ll check with them first! Not that I checked with these friends.
A gorgeous sunset in Italy. Me and my scarf. Hubby says I look like a flight attendant when I wear a scarf. Whatevah!
I found this sticky bun recipe and had to try it immediately. I’ve made others that you leave overnight. I tried that with this recipe and it wasn’t the same as baking immediately. *One tray I baked at night and that tray’s buns was very fluffy and wonderful. The 2nd batch that stayed in fridge overnight was also wonderful, but not the same fluff factor.
I hope you try this recipe. Invite an old friend over for a cup of tea or hot coffee. Maybe a cappuccino? Make them for your kiddos. Everyone will be smiling and thank you! You will never eat a store bought sticky bun. No comparison. These buns are even AMAZING without the gooey sugar drizzle.
Gooey Sticky Cinnamon Buns
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 (1/2 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons cinnamon (depending on how much cinnamon you like)
- 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped –optional
- 1 cup raisins, optional
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 -3 tablespoon milk
Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Meanwhile, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a large bowl.
Add 1 T of the sugar and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
Beat in the remaining 2 T sugar, eggs and butter. Beat in cooled milk. Gradually add the flour and salt, scraping down side of bowl, until a soft dough forms.
Turn dough onto a floured work surface and knead the remaining flour into the dough, adding more flour if too sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes until smooth. The dough will be soft.
Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Coat two 9-inch round baking pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms with waxed paper; coat paper with spray.
Mix butter, both kinds of sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-size bowl.
Punch down dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread the butter-sugar mixture over the dough.
If you are using nuts and raisins in the recipe, sprinkle them on now. I chose to not use nuts and raisins. Starting on one long side roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch seam to close. Cut crosswise into 12 generous 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Arrange 6 pieces, cut-side down, in each prepared pan.
Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm spot until buns double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the following morning.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Uncover pans and bake buns until they are golden-brown and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.
* My 2nd batch I baked at 325 for about 25-30 minutes. The first batch baked really quickly at 350 and I had to keep checking it to make sure it didn’t get too brown.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes.
Glaze: Mix confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk as necessary, to make a smooth glaze. Invert buns to a serving platter.
Drizzle glaze on top of buns (about 1/3 cup per pan). Serve warm! ENJOY! If you have any left, refrigerate them. I doubt you will have any leftovers.;)
source: Family Circle-with tiny adjustment by me.
*a recipe note 12/2011. I mentioned in this post that one time I did refrigerate the dough the night before and bake the next day. I stated that it was not as fluffy as baking the dough the same day. A reader commented recently that it “ruins” the recipe when you refrigerate the dough. I suggest not refrigerating dough to bake next day and making it fresh. I think everyone will thank you.:)