These… these I have made for years. From humble beginnings as our families classic Sunday morning treat to even having given them as Christmas presents at one point or another, sticky buns are as integrated into our family as morals and values.
Somewhere along the line of my culinary upbringing I was reminded of the humble sticky bun and in an attempt of awesomeness so began my many years towards making the best sticky bun. This one, I would have to say, is pretty damn good.
Espresso Cinnamon Buns
“You know 'em, you love 'em, but this time they're caffeinated.”
Prep Time: 1 hour Total Time: 2 hours Makes: 16 buns
1/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground anise seeds
3/4 cup light cream
1/4 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
In a liquid measuring cup, heat water for about 10 seconds in the microwave until warm to the touch. Add yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar; mix to combine. Cover with a cloth and allow to ferment for about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, sift together salt, anise, sugar, and flour. Create a well in the flour and add the milk, eggs, butter, and water/yeast mixture. Using a bowl scraper or rubber spatula, fold the ingredients until combined (if the dough is too dry simply at a little water to move it along).
On a floured surface, kneed the dough for about 10 minutes until leathery and the dough springs back up when you poke it. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, spritz with water and cover with a cloth. Allow to rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
Gently remove the dough onto a floured surface careful not to deflate it. Cut the dough into four even size pieces. Roll the dough into a square shape about 1/4 inches thick (lightly dust with flour as it begins to stick).
Using a brush, lightly coat the dough with melted butter leaving a 1/2 inch perimeter. Combine cinnamon and sugar then dust the dough until the sugar stops absorbing the butter (you will see this visually). Finally, sprinkle two tablespoons of brown sugar and two table spoons of instant coffee over the dough. Starting from the longest side, roll the dough into a log and pinch the seem closed. Cut into 1 1/2 inch rounds.
In a medium sauce pan, melt together brown sugar, honey, and butter until completely dissolved. Spray the sides of your baking vessel with cooking spray and fill with 1/4 inch of the melted sugar & honey mixture. Place the buns into the pan leaving about 1/2 inch of space around them. Pop into the oven on the middle rack at 500 degrees Fahrenheit and lower the temperature to 450 degree Fahrenheit (some recipes will have you rise the dough a second time at this point but it is entirely up to you. I always find that the buns get too big and thusly too dried out). Allow to bake until the tops are brown and an inserted knife comes out clean of gooey dough remnants.
Allow to cool for about 5 – 10 minutes (depending on how eager you are) and carefully remove the buns from the molten sugar (be careful as the sugar will still be hot!).
Enjoy with a nice cup of fresh brewed coffee. Good morning.
*Add raisins or chopped walnuts to the sugar and honey mixture before baking for an added treat!
Nutrition Information %Daily Value
Serving Size: 1 Serving *Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Calories: 300 Added Sugars: 28g Vitamin A 7%
Total Fat: 7g Vitamin B6 4%
Saturated Fat: 4g Vitamin B12 3%
Cholesterol: 39mg Vitamin C 0%
Sodium: 90mg Vitamin D 2%
Potassium: 88mg Iron 22%
Total Carbohydrates: 55g Calcium 3%
Dietary Fiber: 2g Riboflavin 20%
Protein: 5g Folate 32%