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National Sticky Bun Day is February 21st

February 21, 2010

Homemade Sticky Buns

Those Sticky Buns Look amazing, yes? Yes! - A Resounding Yes!

National Sticky Bun Day is February 21st – oh yeah!

As I reviewed my own recipes, I realized that I have never made these delicious naughty delightful breakfast breads. Though I have made breads very close to this, this wouldn’t stop me from researching to find the very best recipe out there for you to try!

Upon my research, I did find that Ina Garten’s seemed to be one of the more popular recipes out there. And I also note, as I read the various reviews, some people suggested using less butter, warned that these would be bigger than initially imagined and lastly, these are one of those few times a year treats to share and make for those special morning brunches…

(I have made a few suggestions of my own at the end of the Ina’s recipe for various toppings)

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten:


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped in very large pieces
  • 1 package (17.3-ounces/ 2-sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a 12-cup standard muffin tin on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the 12 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the mixture in each of the 12 muffin cups. Distribute the pecans evenly among the 12 muffin cups on top of the butter and sugar mixture.

Lightly flour a wooden board or stone surface. Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry with the folds going left to right. Brush the whole sheet with the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border on the puff pastry, sprinkle each sheet with 1/3 cup of the brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of the raisins. Starting with the end nearest you, roll the pastry up snugly like a jelly roll around the filling, finishing the roll with the seam side down. Trim the ends of the roll about 1/2-inch and discard. Slice the roll in 6 equal pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral side up, in 6 of the muffin cups. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry to make 12 sticky buns.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the sticky buns are golden to dark brown on top and firm to the touch. Be careful – they’re hot! Allow to cool for 5 minutes only, invert the buns onto the parchment paper (ease the filling and pecans out onto the buns with a spoon) and cool completely.

Chef Maven’s recipe suggestions to Ina Garten’s recipe for Sticky Buns:

  • To filling, add raisins, currents, or various dried fruits. I would up the amount of cinnamon suggested here in this recipe and add a bit of of freshly ground clove and nutmeg.
  • Other ideas could be adding a bit of sweetened coconut (1/3 cup) to the rolled out dough when adding your filling.
  • Do not like pecans? Try chopped walnuts, sliced and blanched almonds or even freshly toasted and chopped hazelnuts.
  • Want to be super decadent? Add a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate chips sprinkled throughout the filling layer for that oh so good chocolate taste!
  • For the dough, I would use only one stick – not the 12 tablespoons as called for in the recipe. Yes, this will reduce the number of calories and ‘gooeyness’ slightly, but your heart may just thank you!

I do love many of Ina Garten’s recipe, and she is certainly one of those few people, I would most certainly love to entertain with and for. Her style, personality and panache is beyond most people and she really is that lovely I hear in person. So thanks Ina for sharing and allowing me to post your delicious sticky bun recipe in honor of National Sticky Bun Day for February 21st!


And in case you did not get enough news for this morning,

Also on this day in history:
Hieronymus Bock died. A German botanist whose work contributed to the transition from medieval beliefs to modern science.

1741 Jethro Tull died. He was an English agriculturalist and inventor whose ideas were instrumental in the development of modern English agriculture. One of his inventions was a horse drawn seed planting drill that sowed 3 even rows of seeds at once. (1701). The music group “Jethro Tull’ was named for him. (loved his flute playing)

1858 Edwin T. Holmes sells the first electric burglar alarm in the U.S., in Boston, Massachusetts. His workshop was later used by Alexander Graham Bell.

1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam was born. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.

1927 Erma Bombeck was born. Writer, humorist, you will find some of her quotes about family and food on the Food Reference website. (another fave of mine!)

1931 Alka Seltzer was introduced. (to all our tummys – we thank you!)

1985 Nathan Pritikin died. A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease. He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.

1989 The USDA approved ‘Simplesse,’ a low calorie fat substitute.

1994 Whirlpool began manufacturing a refrigerator that was significantly more efficient, and did not use freon. Freon has been implicated in the destruction of ozone in the atmosphere.

The above fact courtesy of

Chow Ciao for Now ~Chef Maven

Now go out and enjoy your Sunday Morning!

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