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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brioche Honey Pecan Sweet Rolls

  • Brioche dough (enough for 2 loaves)
    • 2 packets active dry yeast
    • 1/3 warm to the touch water
    • 1/3 cup warm to the touch whole milk
    • 3.75 cups all purpose flour
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 3 eggs, room temp
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3 sticks (1.5 cups) butter, room temp
  • Glaze
    • 1 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1.5 cups pecans
  • Filling
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 3 Tbsp butter (room temp)

The first order of business: make the brioche dough. This needs to be done a day ahead of time.
Set your stand mixer up with the dough hook. In the bowl of the stand mixer, add the yeast, water (warm to the touch), and milk (warm to the touch). Add the flour and pulse to dampen. Mix on medium-low for 1-2 minutes and a shaggy mess will be your reward.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, drop the speed to low, and add both the eggs and sugar. Crank the speed up to medium and beat for 3 minutes until a ball forms.
Drop the speed to low and add the room temperature butter in 2 Tbsp sized chunks one at a time, waiting until almost entirely incorporated before adding the next piece. The dough should become very soft, almost like batter. Once done adding butter, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl (roughly 10 minutes).
Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover it, and let it rest at room temperature for 40-60 minutes (til roughly doubled in size). Then, degas (e.g. flip the dough over) and transfer to the fridge. Degas once more 2 hours later and leave this covered in the fridge overnight.
On the next day, divide the dough in half. You can set the other half of dough aside (in the fridge) for a loaf of bread or any other purpose (e.g. double batch of sticky buns!). I’ll post another great use of the bread in the coming days.
Meanwhile, let’s finish the sticky buns now that we have brioche dough ready to go.
Melt the syrup and toss the pecans
Prepare the glaze. In a heavy saucepan, add the butter (chopped into 4 pieces), sugar, and honey. Bring these to a boil over medium-low and stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved. Butter a large pan (and yes, walls are required. A cookie sheet would be a bad idea) and pour the glaze in, tilting to spread it out evenly. Toss in the crumbled pecans.
Roll out the dough, butter, and layer on cinnamon sugar
Now, make the filling. This is incredibly simple: mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. The butter should be warm and spreadable, but still solid and not melted down. If its not quite there yet, beat it in a bowl.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to be roughly 16 inches square. Spread the butter as evenly all over the top as you can. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on and cover all but a 1 inch strip on the side furthest from you.
Roll the dough and cut at regular intervals
Roll the dough as tightly as you can, forming a cylinder, starting from the side closest to you. Something I didn’t do, but you could: wrap this up in plastic wrap and freeze it for another day (just defrost for a day when you want to use it and make the glaze as you need it)!
Now, gently cut the log into 1 inch segments. You should get 15 or 16 pieces (depends if you’re not nuts about the end piece looking a little ragged. I’m happy to eat it!).
Place the rolled sticky buns in the syrup
Place the cut segments into your glazed pan with some space between them. Hey–they’re beginning to look like sticky buns!
Proof the sticky buns till they're all touching
Let these sit in a moderately warm place (with wax paper lightly pressed on top) for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until doubled in volume. They should be puffy and probably all bunched up on one another.
Bake the sticky buns
With the buns ready to go, bake in a 375°F oven for 30 minutes. The glaze will be bubbling along and things should smell pretty darn good.
Honey Pecan Sticky Buns

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