TwD: Baking Pecan Sticky Buns with Julia

You’d think that after a year and a half of French Fridays with Dorie, I’d know better than to attempt Dorie’s brioche-based pecan sticky buns in one day. Alas, my procrastination got the better of me, and I was left waking up very early on Saturday morning to make these pecan sticky buns before my mother and baby nieces left Chicago on Sunday. I’ll admit that the time-consuming process was rather therapeutic, but it was difficult to concentrate with baby-centric activities and commotion swirling around me. (By the way, I now have a greater appreciation for all those mothers who find the time to make these weekly recipes and still blog about it on time.)

Despite the sleepless night and the dual babysitting duties (for babies and the rising brioche dough), the dough came together beautifully, making the appropriate slapping sounds in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and puffing out after every resting period. I will say that I was slightly concerned about Dorie’s recommendation of using a cake pan “with high sides”, as I don’t know what that would look like. I have a normal cake pan with regular sides, I suppose. And I have a springform pan with higher sides. To be safe, I made buns in each type of pan. The normal sided cake pan produced nice high rolls that didn’t grow out over the sides, which I was afraid of, and there was no spillage during the baking process. However, it was a little tense when some of the boiling butter splattered onto the floor during the flipout.

As for the springform pan, the rolls were nice and high as well, but the butter was seeping a bit from the bottom during baking, making good use of the parchment paper catcher underneath it. The flipout from the springform proved less problematic as no butter escaped the pan, and the circular shape of the buns stayed close to form as I could keep the springform ring in place without worrying about sticking.

My mother absolutely adored these buns and gushed about their flaky, buttery texture. She ate two in a row! The babies split one and kept exclaiming, “Yummy!” I tried to feed them bites from one bun so their hands wouldn’t get sticky, but they weren’t having it. Many hand washing were required afterwards. Personally, I enjoyed the soft texture and loved the look of the brioche dough’s lacy strands. I can definitely see myself making these again.

To view the recipe for pecan sticky buns from Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking with Julia” cookbook, check out this week’s host pages: Lynn of Eat Drink Man Woman Dogs Cat or Nicole of Cookies on Friday.

77 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mireia
    May 15, 2012 @ 04:05:45

    I’m attempting to make these today… I’m just waiting for the FIRST RISE… so I’m a little behind… (well, REALLY behind…) And I don’t have a machine to help me so I had to knead the dough myself…I don’t think mine will look nearly as beautiful as yours!!!

  2. kitchen flavours
    May 15, 2012 @ 04:06:04

    Lovely sticky buns! Looks delicious, I would not mind washing my hands for these!

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    May 15, 2012 @ 04:51:03

    These look perfect, ooey and gooey – YUM ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Alice
    May 15, 2012 @ 05:03:09

    LOL, its not always easy with kids! Im waiting til mu hubbys days off to make this one! ๐Ÿ™‚ looks great though!

  5. Food,Photography & France
    May 15, 2012 @ 05:10:36

    That is one very sexy “sticky bun” – delicious:)

  6. TrafficDiva
    May 15, 2012 @ 05:18:28

    And I see you making these for me and the Afternoon Drive team!! about food porn! These look so good as I have my morning coffee..I want to reach into the screen and take a bite. The buttery, flaky goodness should be in my belly!!! You really should sell these…I would order 2 dozen!

  7. Reem | Simply Reem
    May 15, 2012 @ 05:21:02

    These look delicious!!!
    i know it is really hard to concentrate on food with kids around but you did a great job….

  8. Just A Smidgen
    May 15, 2012 @ 06:36:35

    How gorgeous.. you made these and looked after babies! I,too, wonder how young mothers do it.. even with teenagers it gets to be a bit hectic trying to blog. I love the lacy syrupy strands and am imaging myself tearing off a bite right now… with my morning coffee!

  9. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    May 15, 2012 @ 06:48:16

    this would have been perfect with my coffee this morning. I guess its not too late to have breakfast for lunch? LOL! i love sticky buns and yours look amazing! Believe me- its so hard. With a 5 month old and 3 yr old- I have found I can only blog twice a week not 3-4 times like I used to

  10. Cakelaw
    May 15, 2012 @ 06:58:21

    So glad you enjoyed these – your golden brown buns look very enticing.

  11. alwaysaddmorebutter
    May 15, 2012 @ 07:26:38

    I am so excited to bake mine! I got going late this week and mine are still rising on the counter but after reading about yours I cannot wait for them to finish so I can see if mine turned out as nice! I got to sample another Dorista’s last week so I have something to compare them to and my, my, were they good! Yours look beautiful and it’s so nice that you could share them with your family!

  12. Cher
    May 15, 2012 @ 07:30:21

    Yes, these were definitely a project! I made mine over the course of a couple of days.
    Re: the high sides – if you have a cake pan with 2″ side, that should do the trick.
    Glad to hear they were a hit – and yes, baking with little people is definitley an adventure…

  13. Sarvani @ baker in disguise
    May 15, 2012 @ 07:52:25

    yours came out beautifully!!! but i loved this recipe despite the effort..loved loved them!!

  14. Ckay
    May 15, 2012 @ 08:05:10

    Beautiful buns! I’m so pleased that you liked them after so much work.

  15. Dara
    May 15, 2012 @ 08:12:38

    These are beautiful! Sounds like the work was worth it. Fantastic.

  16. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    May 15, 2012 @ 08:20:38

    Wow, this looks awesome! Way to go on the nice sticky buns! LOL

  17. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    May 15, 2012 @ 08:49:15

    Beautiful, beautiful sticky buns. Just perfect looking and delicious. I don’t know how you made them with so much going on, though. You’re a better woman than me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. purabinaha
    May 15, 2012 @ 08:57:40

    I loved this sticky bun….would like to have a piece of this, please! Fantastic pictures!!

  19. thekalechronicles
    May 15, 2012 @ 09:01:58

    These look gorgeous. Unfortunately, there is no time to whip them up before breakfast.

  20. Ei
    May 15, 2012 @ 09:19:53

    I wimped out on this one. With no company in sight, I just couldn’t bear the thought of single-handedly (since Matt’s no help) taking down 14 butter soaked buns. I’ll make them some day when we have a swarm of people over for breakfast. Yours look amazing! Glad you had family around to help you out with eating them.

  21. atasteofmadess
    May 15, 2012 @ 09:23:48

    These look ooey gooey delicious!! I have never made sticky buns.. Makes me want to skip work and make them!

  22. Baking is my Zen
    May 15, 2012 @ 09:29:02

    Nice photos! Your baby nieces got it right…sometimes some foods are meant to be eaten with your fingers…(for some reason it tastes better) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    TWDBWJ member

  23. Kathy
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:11:07

    I made mine over three daysโ€ฆKudos to you for doing it with your company. They look gorgeous!

  24. Baking is my Zen
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:13:05

    …wonder where my 1st comment went!? Anyway…Great shots.

    TWDBWJ member

  25. Ryan
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:21:53

    These look amazing! I love sticky buns and these look so light and flaky. Caramel-y goodness!

  26. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:49:04

    I love sticky desserts because usually they are so rich, and the sugar on the outside is caramelized, these are some great buns, thanks for the recipe!

  27. Amanda
    May 15, 2012 @ 12:47:21

    these look so perfect! I was baffled with the high-side pan situation too!

  28. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    May 15, 2012 @ 12:52:53

    Beautiful layers in your buns! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad everyone enjoyed them so much!

  29. sara
    May 15, 2012 @ 13:09:51

    Oooooooooh my gosh, those buns look amazing! So tempting…I seriously want some of these right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Garden Correspondent
    May 15, 2012 @ 13:14:05

    Oh, these look so very good! Your photos are beautiful. I think I can see the butter in these babies. Nice.

  31. Baker on the Rise
    May 15, 2012 @ 13:36:29

    Some butter spilled out for me when I inverted my dish as well. Luckily I didn’t get burned! I agree though, I will make these again!

  32. loavesandstitches
    May 15, 2012 @ 15:46:18

    Love the picture with the lacy strand! These were really good, weren’t they? So worth the effort.

  33. steph (whisk/spoon)
    May 15, 2012 @ 16:11:54

    Great layers! Glad to hear the babies liked them.

  34. Michelle Murphy Muse
    May 15, 2012 @ 16:42:57

    Loved the buttery layers of goodness! Your mom has great taste:)

  35. Norma Chang
    May 15, 2012 @ 16:55:23

    They sure look yummmy and I could probably eat 3 in one sitting, your photos are lovely as usual.

  36. filingawaycupcakes
    May 15, 2012 @ 17:36:38

    I am drooling over here!

  37. smarkies
    May 15, 2012 @ 17:54:18

    your’s looks absolutely flakey and so pull-outable!

  38. isthisakeeper
    May 15, 2012 @ 17:58:49

    I was confused about the high side pan as well!! Your buns look beautiful. A lot of work but great results!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. rondamkisner
    May 15, 2012 @ 18:34:29

    Oh, what a tasty breaky that would make!

  40. Anna Luce
    May 15, 2012 @ 18:40:01

    Yours look beautiful!!

  41. The Double Trouble Kitchen
    May 15, 2012 @ 19:59:10

    Your’s look like a danish on the outside. Your pictures are great. It makes the buns look so appetizing. Great job!

  42. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    May 15, 2012 @ 20:18:29

    I have a problem with loving cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls….WAY too much! LOL! These pecan rolls look well….WAY too yummy:-) Hugs, Terra

  43. Simply Life
    May 15, 2012 @ 20:41:31

    oh WOWOW! I want one now!

  44. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 15, 2012 @ 20:48:14

    Absolutely beautiful! Great job!!!

  45. hotlyspiced
    May 15, 2012 @ 21:44:18

    Those brioche sticky buns look incredible – so golden, so sticky, so moist and so tasty I’m sure. I’m glad they were worth all the effort xx

  46. Ameena
    May 15, 2012 @ 21:48:49

    Kids and sticky hands? It never ends. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I recently developed an appreciation for pecans…this looks divine!!

  47. Kristin
    May 15, 2012 @ 22:11:24

    I wish I could beam those up to my breakfast table tomorrow!

  48. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 15, 2012 @ 23:13:09

    Honestly despite having kids or not, I’m always amazed with everyone who’s doing this monthly/weekly challenge to come up with amazing food! These pecan sticky buns look so delicious and you did an awesome job!

  49. guineapigfood
    May 15, 2012 @ 23:47:09

    They look so caramelly and so good!

  50. cooking-varieties (wan)
    May 16, 2012 @ 01:05:11

    hi yummy chunklet. from your photos i can see they are delicious- soft and with many pecans.. and like your mom, i can also eat two of that.
    have a nice day

  51. machisan
    May 16, 2012 @ 02:26:08

    What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Sammie
    May 16, 2012 @ 04:17:41

    Those look waaaay too delicious!! hmmm I’ve only made my buns in rectangular pans. But yeah, thanks for sharing the results of your experimentation!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m totally craving on of these right now!

  53. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    May 16, 2012 @ 05:25:19

    At least you didn’t wait till Monday like I did!!! How nice that your mom and the babies got to sample, too…yours look perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 16, 2012 @ 05:51:56

    Wow! You’ve done a spectacular job this week! They look so good!

  55. JasmyneTea
    May 16, 2012 @ 07:02:42

    These are so frikken amazing! I have to try this, I really do!

  56. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    May 16, 2012 @ 07:09:41

    Now that is one successful looking sticky bun – amazing!

  57. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    May 16, 2012 @ 08:08:14

    Hi my friend, I have nominated you for the One lovely blog award! Stop by my blog to see the rules ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good day!

  58. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    May 16, 2012 @ 08:45:07

    Wow, these look so mouthwatering! I would love these in place of my boring cereal for breakfast, ha!

  59. Healthy cooking blog
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:05:54

    I love these buns with pecan on the top.

  60. Erin E
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:09:04

    They look amazing! I applaud you for doing it all in one day, that had to be crazy!

  61. Sandy
    May 16, 2012 @ 10:23:40

    These look beautiful, I wish I would have browned mine just a little bit longer

  62. Janet Rudolph
    May 16, 2012 @ 11:14:09

    Nothing quite like a good sticky bun. These look fab

  63. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    May 16, 2012 @ 13:06:46

    These look so good! I want this right now!

  64. heathersbytes
    May 16, 2012 @ 16:51:54

    Your buns look absolutely delicious! And stunning. Did I mention delicious? Great job!

  65. Caroline
    May 16, 2012 @ 18:43:07

    That last photo of the bread pulling apart…holy cow. Wanna send some my way!? Looks delicious. x

  66. Trevor Sis Boom
    May 17, 2012 @ 00:22:22

    There are no sticky bun recipes in my collection but seeing these goopy things all around the place have me jonesing for them tonight. I think they are worth making just so I can pull them all apart!

  67. Jamie-Lee Burns
    May 17, 2012 @ 05:45:18

    Wow,you are talented. These look absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 17, 2012 @ 06:53:24

    Ohhh – these looks sooo dreamy! Perfect with a hot cup of coffee. They look so gooey!

  69. ohfishiee
    May 17, 2012 @ 08:03:46

    i love the swirls on the bun ๐Ÿ™‚ they look so fluffy and good as always

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  70. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    May 17, 2012 @ 15:43:17

    Those are the most gorgeous sticky buns ever! Thanks for the heads up on the butter splatters. I’ll watch out when I try this. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  71. Beth
    May 17, 2012 @ 19:52:13

    Ooooh … these look wonderful!

  72. Chaya
    May 18, 2012 @ 17:40:53

    How, I would love these. I hope you sent some, my way.

  73. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    May 18, 2012 @ 21:58:53

    I have one frozen roll of dough left, and plan to make these again, so will use the springfoam pan — thanks for the tip. I, too, freaked about the splattering butter. Lovely photos, again!

  74. Elaine
    May 18, 2012 @ 23:15:22

    Nicely done! That’s really great that your mom had two of them. It is rather hard, though, to eat just one of these.

  75. sally
    May 20, 2012 @ 15:59:53

    Yum! Another tempting treat!

  76. eatinglikeahorse
    May 21, 2012 @ 15:22:33

    The texture of these looks absolutely perfect; combine that with buttery pecan deliciousness and it’s a sure winner!

  77. jora
    May 22, 2012 @ 11:24:09

    Your buns came out beautifully. Gorgeous, flakey layers!

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