Maple Sticky Buns, and a Few Thoughts…


These last few days of being single (yay!), I have been reflecting a bit on my life at home. Until now, it hasn’t really hit me that I’m leaving – entering a wonderful, new life with my husband-to-be. Apparently it hit my mom as well…we had a crying-and-hugging-fest today.

Cooking for Seven has been such a great creative outlet for me over the years (Did I really start this blog almost three years ago? How time flies…), and a bit of a challenge. Thank you all for your encouragement, tips, praise, and corrections (thank you for being honest!). It is my intention to continue sharing recipes with you after I’m married…my future mother-in-law instructs me to continue “cooking for seven” — my fiance eats a lot! :D

But I must say goodbye for a little while as I am getting married this weekend! Until we meet again, here is a scrumptious recipe for Maple Pecan Sticky Buns.
Maple Pecan Sticky Buns

Adapted from Bon Appétit and the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion

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For the dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar, granulated sugar, or sweetener of choice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup milk, scalded and cooled
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cups pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • soft butter for spreading on dough

For the syrup:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


For the dough:

1) Mix and knead together all the dough ingredients in a stand mixer, bread machine, or by hand to form a smooth, soft dough. Add more milk or water if the dough seems too stiff.

2) Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a towel. Set in a warm place and let raise until almost doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

For the filling:

Mix together all the filling ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.

For the syrup:

Butter a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Combine maple syrup and butter in heavy medium skillet. Stir over medium heat until butter melts. Remove from heat. Mix in brown sugar. Pour syrup into prepared dish; tilt to coat of bottom of dish evenly. Sprinkle the pecans; cool

To assemble and bake:

1) Roll out dough on a lightly greased counter to an 11 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the soft butter all over the dough, leaving a narrow strip free of butter along one long edge. Sprinkle with filling ingredients.

2) Starting with the buttered long edge, roll up the dough and pinch the edges to secure. Cut dough with a sharp, serrated knife into 1-inch rolls. Place in prepared baking dish. It’s okay to crown the buns a bit.

3) Cover and let raise until quite puffy, about 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. Preheat oven to 375° F.

4) Bake buns uncovered until tops are golden brown and syrup bubbles thickly, reversing dishes halfway through baking, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto a baking sheet. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm with lots of butter. (Can be made ahead. Cool buns completely. Wrap buns tightly with foil on baking sheet. Freeze up to 2 weeks. Bake frozen buns covered 375°F until heated through, about 15 minutes.)

Makes approximately 14 buns



Until after the honeymoon!


32 Responses to “Maple Sticky Buns, and a Few Thoughts…”

  1. Oh, Erica, I wish you the most wonderful beautiful perfect gorgeous memorable wedding in the whole wide world. A sweet girl like you deserves nothing less.
    Soak it all in, feel all the love and let it find a permanent place in your heart & soul.

    Best wishes! :)

  2. Lacey says:

    Hi Erica, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a while, and I am waiting for the perfect chance to try out some of your recipes.

    Best wishes on your wedding day! I’m sure it will be an event to remember. I wish you peace and happiness, and I look forward to your blogging return.

  3. Leslie says:

    Erica these look wonderful and I look forward to trying them! I am so happy I discovered your blog, great recipes and your photography is lovely! I wish you all the best in your marriage, have a great time on the honeymoon, and I look forward to your return to your blog. I hope you will share some wedding photos with us, I know you will be a beautiful bride! :)

  4. Oh, I didn’t realise the wedding was so close! How wonderful. Have a wonderful day, a wonderful honeymoon, and may God bless you both as you embark on this, the most wonderful of human relationships.
    Blessings to your family too (I’m with mum here…. I’d be doing a whole lot of hugging and an even bigger lot of tears!)
    Every blessing,
    Anne x

  5. Peggy says:

    I had no idea you were getting married so soon! How wonderful!! You have no idea what a blessing you have been to me and my family since you started your blog. I will continue to pray for you and your beloved as you start this journey together. We look forward to your return!

  6. I hope you have a beautiful, wonderful, memorable wedding day!

    P.S. The sticky buns look amazing.

  7. Katrina says:

    Congrats! I’m so glad you will continue this blog, it’s one of my favorites! See you after the honeymoon and we’ll all try these sticky buns in the meantime!

  8. Emily O. says:

    Erica, I hope your wedding is wonderful! Remember to stop and enjoy the moments :)

  9. Enjoy and savor every moment!

  10. How exciting… have a wonderful wedding day and honeymoon! And (if you’re up for it) post a few wedding pictures… please? :-)
    It feels weird to comment about a wedding and sticky buns in the same comment, but… they look to die for! :-)

  11. Begoña says:

    I felt the same way when i was about to marry my husband. The last time I slept on my bed at my parents home, the home that had been mine for over 27 years, was one of those kind of happy sad moments that we all had on our lives.I felt nostalgic and really grown up. I cried a little and was scared. ¿Am I doing right? ¿Do I really grow up or do a preffer to be a little girl, protected by this house and my parents forever? It sounded temting, haha. But the truth is that marrige, being in love with someone, sharing life together, happy moments, the sad moments, the silly funny moments and the difficult ones too, is so special. You will never feel alone again. And you will learn so much about giving and recieving. It’s gonna be awesome!! I wish you all the luck in the world, have a beautiful wedding day and i hope to see you soon.

  12. Katie says:

    Erica: Praying that you are blessed with a wedding day that is beautiful beyond what you have hoped or imagined! You are a blessing!

  13. Best wishes this weekend for your big day! Hope you have an amazing wedding and honeymoon :)

    PS – Those sticky buns sound fantastic!

  14. All the best in your new life together. I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend!

  15. Kristina says:


    I am so happy for you! I have enjoyed reading this blog ever since I learned about it on a couple of years ago.

    May your wedding be a dream come true and glorifying to God in every way.

    I am delighted to hear that you will continue to post recipes and such, and look forward to your return. But in the meantime, enjoy every moment ;)


  16. congratulations to you and your husband to be :) best wishes from Kuala Lumpur.

  17. Liz says:

    married life is fantastic! You will love it! These sticky buns may make for a perfect Saturday morning for my husband and I!

  18. Mary says:

    Erica, I just love your blog. You do such a wonderful job, and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Soak it all in, my dear! :) It will be the best day of your life. :)

  19. Michele says:

    Congratulations! Take the time to enjoy your wedding day, it goes so fast! Best wishes for a life that has more ups than downs, more triumphs than failure, and more love than you imagined was possible!

  20. Elisabeth says:

    Erica, Enjoy your big day and have a wonderful honeymoon!

    Your sticky buns look fabulously delicious!

  21. I just made sticky buns for the first time and they turned out fantastic. I used a brioche dough for them so they were extra rich.

    Best of luck with your wedding. Stay calm and have fun. All that matters is you and your husband to be!

  22. Allison says:

    Best wishes to you in your new married life! :) This is the first time I have read your blog, but I will definitely be back here again! I have been married for a little over a month, and I can totally relate to suddenly realizing you have to leave your family. My mom and I had a similar crying and hugging fest. :) It’s really bittersweet, but wonderful to be married.

  23. Jessica Rodriguez says:

    **Hi. I work at Bass Pecan Company every year they have a recipe contest for a chance to win $1000!If you love baking with pecans you should check it out. Check out their Recipe Blog for great recipes and the contest rules and entry!!

  24. Congratulations in your new married life! You both make a beautiful couple :) Photos please, once you are back :)

  25. rita says:

    BIG CONGRATS!!! wishing you and your sweetie all the very best that marriage and life has to bring. enjoy the ride! it may be a bit bumpy sometimes, but with you both on it – everything will be just fine. :)

  26. Erica Lea, it’s so lovely to have found you, and particularly at such an auspicious time. And these maple pecan sticky delights are just GORGEOUS. I’ve just started making some sticky breads similar to these called Babkas. Found one in Kim Boyce’s book, Good to the Grain. Really worth a read if you haven’t… but you probably have. Hope you have a gorgeous wedding, cheers, Angela

  27. Oh, how cute! have fun and congratulations!

  28. Alexandra says:

    I love you blog and am so excites for you!!!!!!
    Hurry back so we can learn recipes from you on how to cook for two!!!!!!
    Love Alexandra

  29. I bet they didn’t last over a day. They look perfect and so inviting. Congratulations on your wedding Erica!

  30. Christine says:

    Hi Erica Lea, Your Maple Pecan Sticky Buns recipe has been selected to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: Congrats again!! :)

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  32. I love sticky buns. The addition of maple syrup sounds fantastic!


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