Monday, February 1, 2016

Apricot, Cinnamon, Date, Pecan Maple Sticky Buns

I couldn't find a recipe I liked so I found a recipe for machine egg bread and used that for the dough. 

Egg Bread

3 oz water - warm it for 10 seconds in the microwave to lukewarm  
1 tsp yeast - add to water, let stand 5 minutes

Add water to mixer, add remaining ingredients

1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 tsp butter
5 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cup flour

It can help to pulse the mixer on and off a bit at the beginning to get a good dough going. Once the dough is made the machine usually does a great job of stretching it in lieu of kneading. I didn't think the machine did a good enough job so I kneaded it by hand till it was soft and supple. Then into the oven with the light on, it makes it just right for rising bread. Probably work for making yogurt too but haven't tried it yet. Wait till it doubles in an hour or so.

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (at least)
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
3/4 cup chopped pecans. (I used too much)
1/4 cup chopped dates

Working from underneath gently spread the dough out into a rectangle about 12-14 inches long and about 8 inches wide. Spread butter over the dough. Sprinkle plenty of brown sugar over all the butter. Shake cinnamon over all. Spread apricots over cinnamon. Roll the long side up on itself. Cut into three equal pieces, then each of those into three so you have nine. Place in a parchment paper lined square pan. Let it rise to double or fill the pan.


1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Bring to rapid boil for a minute or two. Spread pecans and dates over buns. Pour sticky over all. Bake at 325F for 30-40 minutes till top is browned. Cool completely.

The apricots inside go really well with the cinnamon and the dates and pecans give the outside a special richness crowned with maple syrup. These are really good.

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