GUEST POST – THE PROFESSOR’S STICKY BUNS

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by The Professor on December 20, 2010


Musical pairing – All I Want For Christmas Is You by Lady Antebellum

“Sometimes you just gotta have a Sticky Bun!”

Hi, this is The Professor, and those were the first words out of my mouth when we woke up Sunday morning.   Classes are over for the semester and my dearest Mrs. Smith Bites could use a little respite, right?  So, I’m guest posting on our blog to share with you an easy and delicious Sticky Bun recipe and give our “editor in chief” a break.

My Dad made Sticky Buns when I was a kid, with dough from a tube and lots of brown sugar and butter.  It was usually on the weekend while we watched cartoons.  Dad’s nickname was “Smitty”, and this was just one of many “Smitty Specials”.  So in homage to Dad, sometimes – I just gotta have a Sticky Bun!

With this Ina Garten recipe (you know, ’2 sticks of butter’ Ina), you start by putting a heaping Tablespoon of the brown sugar and butter mixture in the bottom of each muffin tin cup and sprinkle some coarsely chopped pecans over the top.

And now here’s the messy part (and I managed to break a metal measuring cup too – see the cup with a missing handle in the photo above? Oops). Roll out some thawed puff pastry on a flour dusted area, brush on some melted butter, sprinkle on the brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins, and roll it all up like a jellyroll. (Good thing Mrs. Smith Bites was still in bed – shhhhh, don’t tell!)

Slice the roll into 6 equal sections and place each section on top of each butter/brown sugar/pecan layer.

Bake these puppies for about 30 minutes, but be sure put a cookie sheet with parchment under the muffin tin.  They tend to bubble over.  (I’m glad I didn’t miss that in the instructions, lest I get oven cleaning duty – LOL!)

When they come out of the oven, let them cool for about 5 minutes before inverting them onto a plate or parchment paper.  The gooey pecan sticky goodness will drip out and coat these little gems.  (Be very, very careful – the gooey part is still really hot and will burn if it lands on your unprotected skin.)  Let them cool completely, eat several – then make a toast to “Smitty” –  and to the love of a Sticky Bun.

Husbands/dads – you will be a super star if you make these Christmas morning – or any time of year for that matter; just make sure to clean up after yourself and you’ll score major brownie points – and the Mrs. just might save you the last sticky bun!

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Peanut Butter Easter Eggs February 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

How incredibly tasty and delectable these sticky buns look! Do you think there is any way of incorporating peanut butter into the frosting? Nice work.

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Marla December 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

Very fun to see the professor share a post & a fabulous recipe for sticky cinnamon rolls. Happy holidays to you both!

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Georgia Pellegrini December 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

the raisins and pecans really make these sticky buns special

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Kim December 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Well, hello, Professor! So nice of you to give the Mrs. a break. :-) Your sticky rolls look delicious – yet another reason why I keep puff pastry in the freezer.

This also reminds me that it’s time to get Mr. RGBistro to write a post – his one any only post was on Thanksgiving 2009. Think he’s due…

[K]

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Nancy@acommunaltable December 20, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Brilliant!! I am printing out the recipe and accidentally “leaving it” on my boys desks (hint.. hint) If I am lucky, I will be having these on Christmas morning!!!
Perfect – and perfectly easy – thanks for posting such a streamlined version of a classic!!

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Debra December 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

Hopefully, the Christmas “Elves” will bring you sticky buns! -Prof Smith

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Lora @cakeduchess December 20, 2010 at 10:49 pm

What a wonderful guest post! Love these buns!! I will have to try this break w/the kids. We will be fighting eachother for the last one;)I am a big fan of the “Mrs.” Merry Christmas you too!!

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Debra December 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

Thanks Lora – Merry Christmas to you, too! -Prof Smith

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Robyn | Add a Pinch December 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Love your buns, Professor! {Yow!}

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Debra December 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

Is this the cold meds talking??? :-)

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Bunkycooks December 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

We know these sticky buns well and Mr. B is expecting them X-mas morning. Maybe I should send him to your house where the guys make the breakfast breads? ;)

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Debra December 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

Mr. B should give it a try! :-) Prof Smith

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Wenderly December 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Sweet, gooey and sticky…now those are some fabu buns!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm

oh. yes. they. are! Thanks!! – Prof Smith

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Marly December 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm

So, not only do you do photography and go for long strolls (I’ve seen the pics) you cook too? Oh, you are a real gem, Mr. Professor! Of course, I think Debra’s a gem too so you too are quite the pair. Thanks for another great recipe!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Gee thanks, Marly – I prefer a supporting roll, but I am always glad to do something nice for the Mrs. – Prof Smith

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The Rowdy Chowgirl December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Oh, gorgeous! Professor, your sticky buns look amazing.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Thanks! – the response has been amazing. – Prof Smith

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Kat December 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Now that is a holiday treat!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm

or any other time of the year!! – Prof Smith

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Lana December 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Thank you, professor, for sharing the recipe with us. I have to pass it on to my genius husband, who is the breakfast person in our house (while he has gifted his girls occasionally with some wonderful southern biscuits, or sausage and eggs, his usual route is Krispy Kreme or the grocery store, where he buys the cinnamon rolls). They look amazing!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I encourage your husband to give them a try…even better than Krispy Kreme in my humble opinion (and I’ve had a few of those in my time) Thanks! -Prof Smith

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naomi December 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

Lovely. I want to wake up to these, even if I have to make them myself.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

They are worth it!! Enjoy…. -Prof Smith

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Barbara @ Vino Luci Style December 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

You had me at Puff Pastry; what a great time saving idea because I just know for a fact that there will be no yeast rising at this house on Christmas morning!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Yep – and you won’t miss the yeast at all….I actually prefer the ‘crunch’ in this recipe. Thanks, Barb. – Prof Smith

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Shaina December 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

These look so perfectly sticky!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm

And they disappear very quickly – Prof Smith

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Elle December 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

I love Ina’s recipes–they’re always simple and decadent. Great job, Professor! I think t hese are worth a broken measuring cup.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Oh yea….definitely worth it. Too bad you can’t really buy single measuring cups, though. -Prof Smith

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Maria December 20, 2010 at 10:45 am

Yay for the Professor! LOVING these sticky buns!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for the kudos, Maria…..they are GOOD!

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Kristen December 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

hehehehe… love this guest post :)
I never ever thought to do sticky buns in a muffin tin. That is brilliant!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

And it makes them so symmetrical, but who really cares when they taste so good…. Prof Smith

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Megan December 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

These are great! A perfect recipe to have my daughter start learning to bake sticky buns. Love the use of puff pastry.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Yes – very kid friendly (except the hot-out-of-the-oven part) Thanks! – Prof Smith

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Amy | She Wears Many Hats December 20, 2010 at 9:39 am

Dang, these look pretty easy too. Never knew I could use puff pastry for sticky buns! And I just so happen to have two packs waiting eagerly in the freezer right now – but not for long!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Did you try them? One should not have puff pastry just lying around.. – Prof Smith

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UrMomCooks December 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

Cheers to awesome husbands! (mine makes cinnamon rolls on New Years Day…) These look absolutely mouthwatering!!! Luv that Lady Antebellum Christmas CD – been playing it almost everyday! Merry Christmas!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Isn’t that a great CD? These would be a great New Years Day option…good idea!!! – Prof Smith

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Rachel December 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

Had a smile on my face while reading – great guest post :) Love the idea of putting the sticky buns in individual wells (muffin cups) instead of all in one large pan and having to cut. Looks like ‘Mrs Smith Bites’ will be getting some new measuring cups for Christmas ;)

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Thanks Rachel! Yes – and you have to buy a set, usually! :-(

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Cookbook Queen December 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

I don’t know what I’m more in awe of…these sticky buns or the fact that a husband is getting up and making them in the morning!!

Um yeah, pretty sure that this would be the best breakfast EVAH!! Come on over and teach my husband, okay?

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

My motivations were somewhat selfish, but I do like treating the Mrs. now and then. She makes her share of good eats! – Prof Smith

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JodieMo December 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

I love a man who cooks. Especially a man who cooks sticky buns. These look divine!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm

They are very addictive, too. Glad you like the post! Thanks! – Prof Smith

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies December 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

Well, Professor, you had me at Sticky Bun. What a fun thing to do, and the prep part is easy enough that even kids can help. They look delicious! What is it about dads having nicknames? My dad’s nickname is Wimpy – mainly because he’d choose to eat a hamburger over just about anything else, on any day of his life, any meal. :) Thanks, Smitty, for the awesome recipe!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm

You are welcome, and they are great for long limo rides. :-)

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Amber December 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm

LOL! make sure you’ve got them with you the next time we’re stuck ina limo together.

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bridget {bake at 350} December 20, 2010 at 8:35 am

You are SO right….my husband WOULD be a hero if he made these….but he’s really good at going to pick up Starbucks while *I* make breakfast, so I guess it’s up to me. :)

Anything from Ina gets and A+ in my book….and your sticky buns are no exception! Beautiful!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Mmm… they are a great addition to a Latte, too. – Prof Smith

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MrsWheelbarrow December 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

Love this. I’ve made sticky buns before, but the yeast/proofing/rising part often deterred me. This is great and certain to make an appearance during the holiday week. Thanks so much.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Yep – the puff pastry makes it simple – but I really didn’t miss the yeast at all. – Prof Smith

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Amanda December 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

Beautiful! And definitely not the firs thing I should have read this morning. You had me laughing which of course makes me hungry, and now I need to find a way to make these as soon as possible. Preferably before the kids get up so I dont have to share.

:)

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Thanks Amanda – just make the first six for you, then share the last six with the family. -Prof Smith

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Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon December 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

Dear Professor, could you convince my husband that we’ve got to have some sticky buns and that HE should make them?

xoxo,
Wendi

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm

DO IT! – Prof Smith (in my best Prof voice) :-)

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Souffle Bombay December 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

A few weeks ago my 6 year old daughter and I were flipping channels on the TV and came across Ina…the little one ordered me to “stop there” – one of the recipes she made that episode was these wonderful cinnamon rolls – yours look just as good!
We decided then and there to make these Christmas morning – the little one keeps reminding me! Oh and your secret is safe with me – won’t mention a thing to the Mrs about the cup – maybe Santa will come to the rescue lol! Happy Holidays!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Yes – I think Santa needs to come to my rescue. (They weren’t cheap measuring cups, either….!) -Prof Smith

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Renee (Kudos Kitchen) December 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

Oh my… don’t these look delicious? I’ve seen Ina make these and have added them to my mental list of things to make in the future. Great pictures!!!

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Thanks Renee – definitely add them to your list! – Prof Smith

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Brian @ A Thought For Food December 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

I have become a bit of a sticky bun snob… Any trips we make to San Fran are filled with outings to various bakeries and I usually try out their sticky bun.

These looks perfect… doughy, gooey, sweet, crunchy.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm

They ARE near perfect, Brian, and I didn’t have to get out of my PJs. – Prof Smith

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Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out A Choice, Not A Chore} December 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

I was watching Barefoot Contessa when she featured these and was anxious to try them. I’m glad they really are easy & delicious {a great combo}. I’ll definitely give these a try this week… or encourage my husband to make them {love that idea too ~ ha}! Thanks for sharing.

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

They really are easy – a little messy – but worth it! – Prof Smith

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Courtney December 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

You really can’t do this to someone who hasn’t eaten breakfast yet! I better send my hubby the link so he can be prepared for Xmas! :)

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Debra December 20, 2010 at 7:10 pm

They are that good! I’m planning my next batch already…. Prof Smith

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