Sticky Buns

I love cinnamon pecan bread and brioche bread.  So I combine both of them into this perfect sticky buns recipe.  It is so much better than the tough chewy sticky buns bought from stores. I like to pair it with a cup of freshly brewed black coffee. And that is my idea of perfect afternoon tea. O(∩_∩)O~

You also need to know the calorie is sky high for this bread before indulging in.  Well, that seems to be true for most tasty comfort food. Although I am not the person who counts calories in every single meal, I know this is guilty pleasure will cost me extra hours on treadmill.  It is well worthy. 

Brioche and caramel make everything better! 

Brioche bread ingredients

320 g bread flour
2 tablespoons honey
40 g butter, softened and diced
2 large eggs
130 g whole milk
40 g sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
1/8 teaspoon salt
brown sugar
ground cinnamon

Goo/ pecan caramel topping

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter
1 cup pecan


Heat the milk in microwave for 30 seconds; add the milk to bread machine container; dissolve yeast into the warm milk; and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Add eggs, flour, sugar, salt and honey. 

Start dough cycle.  

The dough is still rough.

When the first kneading cycle is done, the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

My bread machine will knead the dough for 20 minutes and proof for an hour.  When kneading is done, abort the cycle; add diced butter; and start the dough cycle again. It will knead for another 20 minutes. 

It should be able to get the dough past window panel test now.


When the bread machine kneads and proofs the bread, we can prepare the goo/ pecan caramel topping.

Toast pecan in a preheated 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes; remove from oven and let them cool completely.

Chop them up.

In a medium sauce pan, add brown sugar and water.  Heat the pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles.  Stir from time to time to prevent burning at the bottom. 

Gradually add heavy cream while whisking.  The mixture may splatter.  You have to be extra careful not to burn yourself.  

Add butter and cook for another couple minutes.  Remove from heat and allow the caramel sauce to cool down. 

The dough is perfect from bread machine.


When the dough is doubled in size, transfer it to a well dusted wooden board.  Gently press down and knead for a minutes; cover and let it sit for 10 minutes. 

Roll it out into 1/4 inch thickness; sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon; and then roll it up from one end into a log. 

Cut into 2/3 inch pieces.

Spray a 12 inch cast iron skillet with oil spray.  Add caramel sauce that has been cooled down.  Sprinkle chopped pecan on top. 

Add rolled dough pieces.

Cover and proof for another 25 to 35 minutes.  

Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

Bake the bread for 22 to 28 minutes.

After the bread is done, cool the bread in cast iron skilled for 5 minutes.  And then flip over.

That is how you bake a batch of gorgeous sticky buns at home!

The brioche bread has this rich, eggy and sweet and soft texture which I love so much. 

Coffee and sticky buns, it is so irresistible!