The Best Sticky Buns

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Yield: Makes 8


  • 200mls (6.7 fluid ounce) milk
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast granules
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups (450g or just under 1 1b) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 60g (just under 2 ounces) butter, melted
  • 100g butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Heat the milk just until lukewarm.  Stir in the yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar and set aside for 5 minutes until frothy.
Combine the flour, salt and remaining sugar in large bowl.  Mix in the butter, egg and yeast mixture.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.  The dough should be slightly sticky but if too sticky then add a touch more flour.
Wash and dry the bowl and then grease with a little butter.  Place the dough in the bowl, cover with a tea towel and sit in a warm spot for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

In a small saucepan melt together the butter and brown sugar.
Drizzle this into the bases of a 8 muffin cups.

Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl

Roll the dough out to a rectangle approximately 34cm by 30cm (14 x 12 inches).

With the widest side of the dough facing you, gently spread the softened butter over the dough and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Roll the dough up tightly into a pinwheel and then cut into 8 even slices approximately 3-4cm wide.
Place the pinwheels cut side facing up in greased muffin tins.. Cover and set aside in a warm spot for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F).

Bake the sticky buns for 30-40 minutes until crisp on top and cooked through.
Remove from the oven, allow to rest for 5 minutes and then invert onto a serving plate, scraping any remaining brown sugar mixture over the buns.

Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Notes: Chopped walnuts or pecans are also delicious, add these to the caramel mixture in the base of the dish.
If you want to be extra decadent add 1/3 cup cream to the caramel mixture.


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3 thoughts on “The Best Sticky Buns

      • Oh great Kerry thanks for answering Diane’s query. I make my dough in the cake mixer with a dough hook but great that the bread maker works. I need to get a better photo as they are really delicious.