Baklava Sticky Buns
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These baklava sticky buns combine the sweet and salty filling of baklava with a decadent morning bun.
Serves: 12 buns
For the dough:
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
For the filling:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ pound (8 oz) nuts (I used a combination of pistachios and pecans)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the syrup:
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Combine the warm milk, yeast, salt, sugar, butter, and egg in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until combined.
  2. Add the flour and stir the mixture together, then turn it out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it until it is smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes by hand. You could also use a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment and knead for 5 minutes.
  3. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it loosely with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise until it is doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  4. While the dough is rising, place the nuts, ⅓ cup sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor. Process until coarsely ground.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it slightly, then roll it out into 12” by 10” rectangle. Spread the ½ cup softened butter over the dough with your fingers or an offset spatula, making sure to get all the way to the ends. Sprinkle the nut mixture over the butter (you will likely have more than you need). Tightly roll the dough up into a cylinder the long way, then cut the log into 12 even circles. Place the circles into a greased 9” by 13” pan, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Once the rolls have risen a second time, remove the plastic wrap and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. While the rolls bake, make the honey syrup. Combine the water, sugar, honey, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally and being careful not to let the syrup boil over. Cook until the syrup reduces, about 15 minutes.
  8. Once the buns come out of the oven, pour the hot syrup over them and allow it to cool before cutting and serving.
Recipe by Today We Bake at