Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pecan-Honey Buns

Prep : 30 minutes     Total time: 3 hours     Makes 12 buns

Dough:2-1/4       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
3-1/2        cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1              teaspoon kosher salt
1/2          cup honey, preferably orange blossom or clover
1/2          cup packed light brown sugar
4             tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for brushing
1-1/2      cups pecans (6 ounces), coarsely chopped
3/4         cup packed light brown sugar
1            tablespoon cinnamon
6            tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

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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