I am so excited about this recipe … I honestly did a happy dance the first time I made it. And then again the second … third … fourth and fifth times I made them.
There’s lots of dancing going on in my little apartment :0)
You might think it’s silly of me to be so excited about sticky buns. But these aren’t just any sticky buns. These are THE BEST sticky buns.
Why you might ask???
1. Super easy to make. I have gotten the “prep” time down to 7 minutes. Anyone can whip these up first thing in the morning or in a cinch when company unexpectedly arrive. Or on Christmas morning …
2. They smell ridiculously delicious while they are baking. It starts with the smell of toasted coconut & almonds. And then becomes a sugary sweet spicy doughy loveliness … wanna sell your house? Bake these!
3. They taste great. Who doesn’t love coconut & almond? Or chocolate & cherry? Or cranberry & white chocolate? Yeah … all of those are options … all you need is a little imagination and the perfect sticky bun can be all yours.
4. You too can have a Martha moment! I know … I usually shy away from a Martha reference … however in this case … I totally embraced the Martha in me … baking the sticky buns and then placing them in a slightly larger holiday tin. Holy Martha!
5. Holiday hostess gift … check! Who needs to gift a bottle of wine when you can gift a tin of sticky buns???? I think you want to join in the dancing, lovely smelling, martha madness that these sticky buns can bring to ones life.
*bakers note: if you don’t have a food processor, this can be done with a handheld mixer or a whisk. don’t worry about some of the cottage cheese curds – they bake out :0)
*the recipe below is for 1 pan for sticky buns … but I have actually divided the dough in half and made 2 different types at once … just use smaller pans.
coconut – almond sticky buns
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. slivered almonds (or chopped almonds)
* other flavour options: dried cherries & dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries & white chocolate
3/4 c. cottage cheese (4% is great – but 2% works as well)
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. sugar
2 oz (4 tbsp) butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. flour, extra for rolling
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp b. soda
1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
* you can also swap the nutmeg for cardamon, or use chinese five-spice … just about any spice that catches your fancy
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Spread the coconut and almonds on cookie sheets, and bake until toasted – about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Increase the temperature to your oven to 375 F or 400 F (depending on your oven). Spray the sides and bottom of a 9 – 10 inch springform pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In the bowl of your food processor combine the cottage cheese, melted butter, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla. Pulse until smooth – about 15 seconds.
Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and pulse until the dough starts to clump together. It’s pretty sticky.
Done. Scrape the dough out and place it on a very well floured surface. Knead the dough – about 5 times, you’ll notice how nicely it comes together (and super quickly) … Grab your rolling-pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle.
Time to use your pastry brush and that second batch of melted butter.
Brush the dough with the melted butter, leaving a 1/2-inch border unbuttered around the edges.
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg (or your choice spices): sprinkle the mixture evenly over the buttered surface. Pat it gently, and then sprinkle the toasted coconut and almond on top.Once filled, roll up the dough. Start at the long edge, and roll jelly-style. With a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough into 12 equal pieces (I trim the slight excess dough at each end). Grab your springform pan and gently arrange each piece, cut side up. Don’t worry if there are small gaps between each sticky bun – you want them to touch slightly.
Ok … if you’re like me, you might think … both sides are cut sides! Don’t worry, simply pinch one end and put the pinched end down. You might notice that some of the almond/coconut mixture falls out … that’s ok, gather it up and then sprinkle the top of the sticky buns prior to baking. Bake until golden and firm to the touch, about 25 – 28 minutes (but there will still have that slightly raw middle … yum).
Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack – about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the springform ring, and then transfer the sticky buns – all in one piece - to either a serving plate … or pull a martha and set in a parchment paper lined tin.
Make a glaze (powdered sugar, lemon juice and a little milk – whisked together) and drizzle it over the buns. That’ll add that extra hit of sticky to this buns.
Sigh. I can’t wait to get home and dance my way through another batch :0)