Pecan-Honey Buns

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The honeyed glaze on these sticky, nutty breakfast rolls is luscious and soft when warm, then turns nicely chewy when cool. More Breakfast Recipes

Pecan-Honey Buns
These sticky, nutty rolls are easy to make ahead of time. Photo: © Quentin Bacon
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
12 buns

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 cup milk (warmed)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted, plus more for buttering)

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons honey (preferably orange blossom or clover)

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3 ½ cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping

  • ½ cup honey (preferably orange blossom or clover)

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for brushing)

  • 1 ½ cups pecans (6 ounces coarsely chopped)

Filling

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)

Directions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the yeast with a pinch of granulated sugar and the milk and let stand until foamy, 5 minutes. Add the remaining sugar, the 4 tablespoons of melted butter and the egg yolks, honey and vanilla; mix until blended. Mix in the flour and salt. Switch to the dough hook and knead at medium speed until the dough forms a smooth ball, 4 minutes.

  2. Brush a large bowl with butter. Add the dough and brush the top with butter. Cover and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In a medium saucepan, melt the honey with the brown sugar and 4 tablespoons of butter over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Pour the hot honey mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the pecans.

  4. In a bowl, mix the sugar with the cinnamon. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 12-by-18-inch rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon sugar. Starting at a long side, roll the dough into a log and turn it seam side down. Cut the dough into 12 slices. Arrange the slices, cut side up, in the baking dish. Cover and let stand in a warm place until the buns double in volume, about 1 hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350°. Bake the honey buns for about 35 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Invert the buns onto a baking sheet and let cool slightly. Serve warm.

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