So darn fast. I had a request for sticky buns recently thus began my search for easy. I was kind of dreading the yeast, rise, rise thing. These were to be served at 7 a.m. I used to make them for the cafe on Saturdays but I would have to start the day before and attend them then get up and moving super early to do the final bit. These are what I’ve found – not 100% as good but pretty darn close and when you figure in the labor factor, PERFECT.
1 cup dried Michigan cherries (thank you, again, Peggy Faris)
1/3 C. Rum
1 C. Dark brown sugar
2 Sticks unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. Cardamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 Cup Chopped candied ginger (or more) – this is a new addition, no necessary but yummy anyway and since it’s fall why not.
1 C. Chopped pecans or Walnuts
Handful of whole ones
Three packages of crescent rolls. I tried Trader Joe’s last time, good, but small. This time I used a double volume one. Perfecto!
Preheat 325. Spray two muffin pans, 24 slots total w/spray or butter them. Combine rum & cherries and heat for a bit to marinate. Combine butter, spices and sugar, either nuke or heat up in a small pan, whisking till thickish.
Place some butter/sugar mixture in each slot, top with some chopped nuts and a few whole ones.
Unroll a package of dough on floured board, squeeze together seams so you have one sheet (don’t roll out) just use your hands. It doesn’t have to look perfect, lumpy is o.k. Spread some syrup mixture on the dough, sprinkle with cherries & rum (you’ll do this three times so same enough), sprinkle with some nuts, roll up the long side. Cut in 8 slices, place in pan. Do this with all three tubes, press down a bit.
That’s it. They bake really fast, like 10-15 minutes tops so watch them. Take them out when nicely browned. Place parchment paper tightly over the top holding the parchment down with your mitts and quickly flip over to cool. This is a really good time to immediately fill the empty tin with water and some detergent to soak while it’s hot. Nasty letting it cool, then it’s really hard to get clean.