cinnamon sticky buns

  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • cup (160ml) lukewarm milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • ¼ cup (55g) caster sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (120g) toasted pecans, chopped


  • cup (80ml) maple syrup
  • cup (60g) brown sugar
  • 75g unsalted butter, chopped


  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (90g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Place the yeast, milk and vanilla in a bowl and mix to combine.Set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, salt, egg, butter and yeast mixture in the bowl of an electric mixer with a dough hook attached and beat on low speed for 1 minute until just combined. Increase speed to high and beat for 5–8 minutes or until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. To make the maple glaze, place the  maple syrup, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium, bring  to the boil and cook for 3–4 minutes or  until smooth. Pour into a lightly greased  20cm x 30cm tin and set aside.
  4. To make the cinnamon butter, place the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and  mix to combine. Set aside.
  5. Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to make a 60cm x 25cm rectangle. Spread with the cinnamon butter, leaving a 1cm border, and sprinkle with the pecans.
  6. Starting with the longest side, roll tightly to enclose the filling. Trim the edges of the bun and cut into 12 even pieces. Place the pieces, side-by-side and scroll-side up, in the tin. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside for 45–60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the tin on  a baking tray and cook for 20 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminium foil and  cook for a further 15–20 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Allow to stand for 2–3 minutes before turning out  
    onto a wire rack to cool. Makes 12.

Click to watch Donna make this recipe in a quick video.

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Shawn ODonnell

Made two batches for my office - everyone loved them. Delicious!


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