With the month of February having the honour of hosting the “day of love”, I thought it would be nice to write about what almost everyone loves, the coveted cinnamon sticky bun.
I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration as it is one of my sweetheart’s favourite things. They are in every coffee shop, bakery and grocery store. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, or snack, who cares, there is never a bad time to indulge in these ooey gooey sticky nuggets of deliciousness.
There are so many different ways to make these and so many ways to get creative with them. You can make them with biscuit dough or leavened yeast bread dough. If you are short on time, the biscuit dough is always the way but I find they are a little more scrumptious made with the bread dough, they just take a little more time, but worth it.
It is widely known that food can have a direct positive effect on your mood, especially if someone took the time to make you a special treat. I am all about eating well and balance but it doesn’t hurt to appease those sweet tooth cravings once in a while. Whip up a batch of these sweet and sticky buns and treat someone you care about. This time of year especially, people have a tendency to not get out as much with the weather and all so a treat dropped off would be much appreciated I am sure. After my husband puts a dent in these I am sure they will make their way over to my son’s house and to other family members to brighten their day.
For the dough you will need:
- 1 pkg of active dry yeast (2-1/2 tsp)
- ½ cup warm water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2/3 cup of milk
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup of maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups of flour (maybe more if dough is too sticky)
For the filling you will need:
- 1 cup of butter
- 1-1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 4 tbsp of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp of cinnamon
Dissolve 1 tsp of sugar in the warm water and add the yeast. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes until frothy.
In a small sauce pan gently heat the milk, sugar, butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, salt and vanilla just until butter is melted. Set aside and cool to lukewarm.
In a stand mixer, beat the eggs, add in the lukewarm milk mixture and yeast mixture just until combined. Gradually add the four cups of flour; if the dough is sticky you can add a little more. The dough should be soft but not sticky. With the dough hook attachment, knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and let proof for an hour-and-a-half in a draft-free warm place. Hint – I turn my oven on for about two minutes then shut off and put the bowl in the oven, it should be slightly warm but not hot.
When the dough is proofed, punch it down and grease a 9”x 13” pan. Preheat oven to 375º.
To prepare the filling, melt ¾ cup of the butter and ¾ cup of the brown sugar and two of the tablespoons of maple syrup until combined. Pour into the 9” x 13” dish. In another bowl melt the remaining butter and add the remaining maple syrup. In a separate bowl combine the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to an approximate 15” x 18” rectangle. Brush the dough with all but 2 tbsp of the butter/maple syrup sauce. Sprinkle it with the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up tightly into a log and with a serrated knife cut into 15 pieces. Place the pieces neatly in the baking dish and drizzle with the remaining butter/maple syrup sauce. Cover and let stand for about 45 minutes to an hour until double in size.
Bake for about 25 minutes, checking to make sure they are golden brown. You can let stand for a few minutes before inverting them onto a serving platter where the sauce will cover them and ooze down the sides, which is nice when you are entertaining or you can leave in the dish and eat as wanted and just serve the sauce over the buns. Either way I guarantee these will knock your socks off.
Here are some variations:
Put a thin layer of pumpkin puree down before the sugar mixture and instead of cinnamon use pumpkin pie spice.
Sprinkle the dough with chocolate chips and grated orange zest then when done drizzle with chocolate sauce.
Add any kind of nuts like pecans, walnuts (would be nice with this maple recipe), toasted almonds or even candied pumpkin seeds.
The possibilities are endless. Have fun with it and enjoy!