I think this was my favorite TWD week yet! Madam Chow was up to bat and chose Dorie’s Pecan Honey Sticky Buns. The day before the recipe was announced, my husband and I sat on the couch together practically drooling over the picture of these sticky buns in Dorie’s book so I squealed with delight when I saw the announcement.

The sticky buns start with a brioche dough which I’ve never made before. It wasn’t really hard to do, but I thought my poor stand mixer was going to explode. After 10 minutes of mixing, my dough still looked more like batter so I ended up adding quite a bit more flour to it. So that caused me to worry that I’d really messed up the dough but it rose like a champ. I punched it down every 30 minutes for 2 hours just like Dorie said and was able to roll it out with no problems the next morning. After I filled and rolled the dough up, I had to stick it in the freezer for a few minutes because the rolls weren’t keeping their shape as I tried to cut them. Worked perfectly.

These sticky buns did not disappoint. They were gooey and sticky and delicious right out of the oven. I don’t usually like honey and found it to be a bit overpowering at first, but after my 4th sticky bun (yeah…) I really started to like it. My only complaint is that after I put them in the fridge they were really hard to separate and I broke them all in half trying to get one. By that point, though, I wasn’t so much worried about appearance as I was wanting to shove them in my mouth.

I see these become a regular in our weekend breakfast routine and I plan on telling everyone I know about them. Mmm. To see the rest of the sticky buns check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll.

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It’s not often I get to cook breakfast for all three of us. With the husband’s schedule and my need for three cups of coffee before I’m fully functional, most days Landon and I have oatmeal or Kashi waffles. This weekend though, the husband has THREE WHOLE DAYS off.

I decided to make some cinnamon rolls last night, leave them in the fridge, let them rise in the morning, and then bake them off. Well… I made the rolls. I left them in the fridge. And they didn’t want to rise this morning. I blame my refrigerator. It likes to freeze things occasionally and I think my rolls were the recipient of it’s little prank today. I ended up turning the oven on for a few minutes, turning it off, and then putting the rolls in and they rose perfectly.

What they looked like this morning.

I’m not a cinnamon roll person. I think they’re one of those things that you either love or you couldn’t care less about. I used the “Clone of a Cinnabon” recipe from AllRecipes but I don’t think I’ve ever had a Cinnabon so I can’t tell you how much like the original they really are. But they were good. Much better than any cinnamon roll I’ve ever had.

5 from 1 vote
When I Grow Up, I’m Going To Be a Cinnabon.
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 1 cup warm milk 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup margarine melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
For the filling:
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
For the frosting:
  • 1 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large mixing bowl. Mix in sugar, margarine, salt and eggs. Add flour slowly until combined. Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size.
  2. Once dough has doubled in size, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Preheat over to 350.Roll out dough to a 16 by 21 inch rectangle. Spread butter evenly over dough and sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Cover and let rise until doubled. (Or refrigerate overnight and allow to rise in the morning.)
  4. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. While rolls are baking combine butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Spread frosting oven warm rolls before serving.
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Time to kick off the new blog and I’m going to do it with one of the best things ever.

Homemade fig bars. Like Fig Newtons but more addictive.

I go through phases where I am absolutely obsessed with Fig Newtons. I can’t walk out of a store without buying a box and then I usually shove the entire box in my face on the drive home. I just adore them. There’s something so great about the gooey fig “jam” with the little crunchy seeds all wrapped in a cakey crust. Mmm.

I bookmarked this recipe during my most recent Fig Newton phase which was only a few weeks ago but I’ve been having trouble finding figs around here. I managed to find some at Walgreens of all places recently so it was finally time to try the recipe.

These are nothing like Fig Newtons to me. They are every bit as good and maybe better, but they don’t have much in common. The outside had the texture of a sugar cookie instead of the soft exterior that Fig Newtons have. The filling is amazingly good! I had some leftover so the kid and I had it on english muffins for breakfast the next day. I fully intend on making a batch of the filling just to use as a spread.

Fig Bars
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried Black Mission figs
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated orange zest
For the filling:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
To make the filling:
  1. Combine the figs, water, apple juice and sugar in a medium sauceapan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook at a bare simmer for 1-2 hours until the figs are so soft that they’re spreadable.
  2. Transfer to a food processor or blender, add the orange zest and process until smooth. Remove from the food processor and allow to cool.
To make the dough:
  1. Cream together the butter, sugar and orange zest in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, for 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Scrape down the bowl and paddle. Add the egg white and vanilla and beat in. Scrape down the bowl and paddle again. Add the flour and beat on low speed until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Place racks in middle and lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 12 x 16 rectangle. Cut into 4 equal strips, each 12 x 4 inches. Spoon a line of filling down the center of each strip. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together. Place on the parchment-lined baking sheets, seam side down.
  4. Using a serrated knife, slice each log on the diagonal into 10 cookies. Bake, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through, for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.

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