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Tuesdays with Dorie–Week 8—Pecan Sticky Buns


Happy (belated) Mother's Day, TWDers! I would bet a pretty large proportion of us are Moms. And frankly, this wasn't the best week to try to fit in a complicated multi-step breakfast pastry. I almost decided to skip this recipe.

But then three things happened. First, I noticed that Nancy Silverton contributed this recipe. She's one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors. I have 3 or 4 cookbooks from Nancy, including Breads from the La Brea Bakery--one of the best sourdough bread books out there. Second, I had some really bad cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning. They came from a can, 'nuff said. Third, it rained today. I love to bake when it rains. We're stuck inside anyway, why not crank up the oven?

So, what can I tell you about this recipe that wasn't written in the book? First off, they're delicious. Yes, they are an all-day affair. But they are worth it. Every tender, decadent, buttery bite will make you happy. I promise.

The recipe mentioned that your mixer will get hot during the long kneading process. It didn't mention that your mixer might walk across the counter. It will. You can either stay next to the mixer during the whole time or you can use an "alarm" like I do. Put a metal measuring cup or spoon in front of your mixer. That way, when the appliance starts to "walk" across the counter, it'll knock the cup off the counter, alerting you that your mixer is in danger of dancing off the counter's edge.

Another bonus of this recipe: you have the option to make one pan of sticky buns and one cute little loaf of brioche. This loaf will make killer french toast or you can save it to make bread pudding. Want to bake half into a loaf of bread? Just look at the recipe right in front of the sticky buns for directions. Want to try this project? Our gracious hosts this week are Lynn of Eat Drink Man Woman Dogs Cat and Nicole of Cookies on Friday. Check out the recipe and see what you think!

Author: cathybruce

I'm a graphic designer, cook, gardener, geek, wife, and mom. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. Awesome the alarm idea! Think how many KA you’ll save :-)
    Your buns looks delicious! … Unfortunately I did not like the sticky topping (shame on me!)

  2. We’ve been using our brioche loaf to make killer grilled cheese sandwiches. YUM! Your rolls looks great! I’m glad you liked them.

  3. I like your EWS (early warning system) for the mixer before it leaves the countertop!

  4. Haha I love the measuring cup idea!

  5. I think when I make this again (though not any time soon!) I’ll save half the dough for other purposes. A loaf of brioche is a treat in itself!

  6. They look great! Im glad you enjoyed the recipe! I loved the buttery flayers of goodness!

  7. Cool alarm system! The buns were definitely decadent and buttery.

  8. Yours look great!!

  9. Brioche does make lovely french toast :-)
    Lovely looking rolls – especially with the caramelly looking nuts all over the top

  10. Nice alarm trick. I just got a mixer and so I will have to remember that one. Your sticky buns look delicious!

  11. Very clever alarm for the walking KA problem! Your buns look great.

  12. I skipped this one because it was just too much butter to deal with. Your idea to do half as sticky buns and half as a loaf would have make it easier to rationalize. Your sticky buns look amazing. And, I love your alarm strategy. I usually just stand and watch or hold the Kitchenaid in place. Your idea will give me more freedom.

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