Tuesday, May 27, 2008

TWD - Pecan Honey Sticky Buns

This week's TWD was chosen by Madam Chow of Madam Chow’s Kitchen, and is the Pecan Honey Sticky Buns on pages 51-53.

I'm a little slow on posting, since I spent the weekend away and only began making the brioche last night. It spent the night rising, and I made them this afternoon. (Yes, I did have big plans of getting up early this morning and making them for breakfast, but I am just not a morning person.)

So, now they are out of the oven, and I can finally post. It was fun to try something new, and get out of my comfort zone. I tend to avoid recipes that require this kind of planning, but some of my favorite recipes are those that do take a little more time. I do still have trouble rolling dough. It was also fun to try a yeast recipe. AND, I got to break in my dough hook! My KA danced! See!

All in all, I'm not sure I'd make this again. Others complained that it was too sweet and had too much butter. I don't believe in too much butter, and I didn't think that this was overly-sweet. In fact, I thought it might should have been a little sweeter.

My changes: I used 2 8x8 Pyrex's instead of one larger, just because I didn't have on large enough. I followed others' suggestions and barely warmed the oven and then let the dough do its final rise in there - it was a great warm spot! It didn't seem to take nearly 10 minutes of beating for the dough to pull away from the sides, so I probably stopped around 10 minutes. I also took another suggestion from another blogger and chilled the dough a bit more before cutting. It seemed to make it a little easier. Also, because I suck so badly at rolling (and I think I just plain sprinkled too much cinnamon sugar), I re-rolled a few of the buns after cutting to get them tighter.

Mix Dough (Yay for appliances that do all the work for me!). Let rise and slap down a lot! :)

Make glaze and pour into the bottom of the pyrex. Put in pecans.

Roll out dough (half of brioche recipe) and cover in butter and cinnamon sugar. Roll, and cut.

Place rolls in pan over the topping, let rise, and then bake.

See! Done! Flip immediately and devour.


Amy said...

You were able to video the Mixer Dance! It was so scary. Even holding the mixer in place didn't completely stop the dancing! Yours look lovely.

And I have to ask, how in the world did you get this template to work. . .it's the same one I supposedly have, but my cupcakes don't show up. =(

Elizabeth said...

Amy: Yeah, the dancing was a little terrifying. I had to stop videoing because I had to perform a KA suicide intervention! I couldn't let it go over the edge!

I remember that it took some finageling to get the layout to work the way I wanted it, but I honestly don't remember what exactly I did. Sorry! Good luck!

hornedfroggy said...

Love 'em! :) Nice job!!

LyB said...

I didn't even think of filming my KA's dance of joy! lol! Those buns were well worth it, yours look delicious!

mimi said...

love the dancing KA, so funny! your buns look very yummy!

Peabody said...

My mixer always dances with brioche. :) Good looking buns.

Engineer Baker said...

The mixer's dancing because it's happy, right? ;)

Cecilia said...

The mixer dance video was awesome! Mine did the same thing, but not quite as intensely.

I'm sorry the recipe wasn't completely to your liking, especially since this one was really involved. However, your hard work paid off because the buns look great!

Jaime said...

great job! love the video! my KA did not do a dance, but that b/c i was too scared to turn it up that high, lest i break my KA like another TWD baker did

Elizabeth said...

Froggy: Thanks!

LYB: Thanks! I think it's a sign of a sickness that my first thought when it started dancing wasn't to worry, but to grab the camera!

Mimi: Thanks! I wish I got as many compliments on my own stiff dancing!

Peabody: That's a sentence I only hope to one day say - I can't yet say always and brioche in the same sentence. and thanks!

Engineer: I hope! It does get a lot of touching and affection when it dances. ;)

Cecila: I suppose I was a bit harsh on it. It got rave reviews when I gave it away today. After some reflection, I don't think I really like sticky/cinnamon buns.

Jamie: Thanks! I was afraid too at first, but my impatience won out. And the KA didn't show signs that it was really about to give out. (although those sound a great deal like those famous last words...I'm knocking on wood right now.)

Jayne said...

Great job! I love the dancing mixer!

Sharon said...

Wow, scary what it can do to the KA. I am planning on making this again this weekend. However after watching your video I think I will wait till my husband gets home; if the KA starts to act up I will get him to use his elbow grease.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Love the video! I had to hold my KA down, for fear that it'd fly off my counter!