I feed a baby every two hours. We sit on the couch and either stare around the room as I scrutinize my pathetic efforts at decorating or we watch TV. Over the last few weeks, I have been keeping up with the Kardashians. Kourtney is my favorite. I have also been at home with Giada and in the emergency room with JD and Turk. But Violet seems to have terrible timing. She always has to eat along with the Neely's. I truly can't handle the Neely's. Seriously, take your ham and get a room.
One afternoon during four ounces of warm Similac, we watched Ina. She made a quick sticky bun using puff pastry. And it was then I knew that I had to make my own version. This is that version. Light, crisp, buttery puff pastry, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. These are so sticky and sweet and about 1 million calories a piece.
For the sticky part:
10 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
In a small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. With a rubber scraper, mix well until smooth. Divide butter mixture between 12 muffin cups. Set pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set pan aside.
For the buns:
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Set oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the puff pastry, with folds going left to right. In a small bowl, combine butter and maple syrup. With a pastry brush, brush mixture onto puff pastry, leave a small 1/2 inch border all the way around. Evenly sprinkle on brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. From the bottom up, gently roll up the puff pastry. Slice into 12 small rolls. Place one roll into each muffin cup, on top of the butter mixture.
Bake sticky buns for 30 minutes, until browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then invent sticky buns onto the parchment paper. Allow to cool for an additional 10 minutes. Eat carefully, they are fiercely hot.
Yields 12 sticky buns.
Rookie's Notes: Sometime soon, I am going to write a post about my fancy maple syrup that I don't share with my children. It is the best maple syrup I have ever had. Great maple flavor and it also sort of tastes like bacon.
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