Why is February 21st such a yummy day, you may ask? It’s National Sticky Bun Day!
We're only two months into the new year, but I think it’s the perfect time for a day that can excuse us from our healthy eating habits. The sticky bun is a very messy (but incredibly delicious) treat that can be served as a breakfast pastry or even as a dessert. It doesn’t get any better than that!
If you’re planning a spontaneous trip to Sweden, here's what you need to know about how the Swedes celebrate this sweet treat:
Kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon rolls) are essential for a Swedish coffee party! The cinnamon bun, cousin of the sticky bun, is actually thought to originate from Sweden in the 1920’s, but didn’t become popular until the fifties. So to sum things up, if you’re ever invited to a home in Sweden for coffee, you should bring this treat with you!
There are endless ways to make a sticky bun, but it turns out that baking is not my expertise, so I decided to share one of my favorite, easy sticky bun recipes!
What you’ll need:
For the dough:
- 1 ¼ cups of 2% milk (105°F)
- 1 package instant dry yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 ½ cups of flour
- ¾ tsp salt
For the stickiness:
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup
For the filling:
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tpsp ground cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
How to prepare them:
- Start by mixing all dough ingredients in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon, or you can use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment - if you have one! Keep stirring until all ingredients are evenly combined. Once mixed, place the dough into an oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size (typically takes about 2 hours).
- Make the topping (the best part!). In a saucepan over medium heat, mix the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup. You’ll want to stir until this mix is bubbling, then transfer it to a 9x13 pan.
- Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl for the filling. Melt the butter, but make sure to keep it separate.
- Now here’s the fun part! Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into 18x12 inches. Spread the melted butter all over the dough, then finish it off with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a cylinder. Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces and place the buns (cut side up) into the prepared toppings pan (evenly spaced). Re-cover with the plastic and let it sit for at least an hour.
- Meanwhile, let’s get the oven started! Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Pop the buns into the oven (uncover first) and bake for 40-45 minutes, until they’re golden brown.
- Allow 15 minutes then invert the buns out of the pan onto a serving tray (my favorite is the KVITTERA 3-tier platter) and voilà!
*Be sure to enjoy the sticky buns the day they are baked. That’s when they're at their best - not that doing this will be a problem. ;)
Don’t have enough time to bake some sticky buns in time for the special day? IKEA has you covered! Try our KANELBULLAR ready-to-bake cinnamon buns that can be picked up directly from the Swedish Food Market at your local store. Pop them into the oven, set your timer for 15 minutes and they’re ready to go! I suggest topping them off with lots of icing for extra gooey goodness!
Share your favorite sticky bun recipes in the comments or on the IKEA USA social media pages! We’d love to see how yours have turned out.
Guest Blogger: Karina Tipton
Karina began working at IKEA USA in 2015 and recently became apart of the growing Social Media team. Prior to IKEA, she was an assistant manager at a privately owned gift shop. After setting up just a few product displays, she discovered her love for visual merchandising but wasn’t sure where to take it from there. When she started at IKEA, she quickly realized her passion for design and the IKEA culture.
When she is not traveling, you’ll most likely find her at home decorating or hanging out with her friends at the nearest concert. At the end of the day, she believes a hot cup of coffee and the sound of the ocean can cure just about anything.
“Make it simple, but significant. –Don Draper”