Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gingerbread Sticky Buns

Eventually my obsession with gingerbread will peter out....possibly....ehehehehe.  I do tend to go in streaks though....a bunch of ideas will crop up surrounding one theme and I just have to try them out to see how reality matches up with my imagination. 

These are super tasty.  I always love a good sticky bun though.  Messy food is just fun.  The only change I might make is to add spices to the sticky bottom sugar mixture.  The gingerbread flavor is a little muted so it needs a little kick.


Gingerbread Sticky Buns

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 package active dry yeast
3 tbls Vital Wheat Gluten
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Filling:
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Sticky Bottoms:
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup tub margarine
1 cup chopped dates

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in about 1/4 cup warm water.  Warm milk in the microwave and stir into the yeast mixture along with the molasses, oil, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.  Mix in whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and vital wheat gluten.  Mix in eggs.  Begin to mix in remaining flour, until mixture becomes too hard to stir.  Turn out onto a floured board and knead in remaining flour to for a soft, elastic dough.  Continue to knead for about 8 to 10 minutes.  Place ball of dough in a covered bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled for an hour.

Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling and set aside.

For the sticky bottoms, mix together brown sugar and margarine in a saucepan.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Pour into the bottom of a cookie sheet with sides or a baking pan.   Sprinkle the dates over top of the sugar mixture.

Turn dough back out onto floured board.  Divide dough in half.  Roll each half out into something like a 9x13 rectangle and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle sugar mixture over the dough.  Roll dough into a tube starting with the narrow side.  Pinch edges together.  Cut into one inch slices with a knife.  Place slices over the sugar/date mixture leaving room between each roll for it to rise.  Cover and put in a warm place for 30 to 60 minutes until doubled in size.

Bake at 375 for 18 to 24 minutes, or until done.  Invert rolls onto a serving platter.  Cool.

31 comments:

  1. I have an obsession with gingerbread as well. Gingerbread muffins, cookies, BREAD, and now these buns. Wow! Great recipe.

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  2. These look great! Love that you used whole wheat flour & wheat germ!

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  3. Those look like gorgeous and delicious sticky buns, nomnom!

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  4. That looks wonderful. I love sticky buns.

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  5. I love the flavors of gingerbread but I never think to make it when it's not Christmas! Thanks for going out of that zone and doing it now :) Sounds delicious!

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  6. I hope it doesn't "peter out", gingerbread is just to lovely!

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  7. Messy food is good food! These look to be worth every napkin and lick of the fingers. We're really enjoying your gingerbread journey, hope it doesn't end too soon!

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  8. I love this..so sticky, sweet and delicious!!! Yummy!!!

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  9. I love sticky buns and this version is unique and delicious sounding! What a lovely breakfast to wake up to :o)

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  10. I'm quite obsessed with gingerbread too, these days. And these rolls look so good, it's really tempting to lick my screen!

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  11. Wow do these look and sound delicious!

    I love your gingerbread twist on a classic sweet roll.

    Thank you for the post and recipe!!

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  12. That looks absolutely amazing!

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  13. Well I certainlly hope your obsession with gingerbread doesn't fade these are lovely.

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  14. OMG thiese look fabulaous!
    -ceecee

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  15. I love gingerbread too and sticky buns. I cant get enough of it. these look wonderful. I'll have to save the recipe! thank you! cheers

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  16. I am a gingerbread freak. I love this idea. Next time I make sticky buns, I'm trying out your recipe.
    Thanks!

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  17. Never lose your obsession with gingerbread...everything you make looks amazing!

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  18. I love anything ginger...these have got to be stupendous sticky buns! I want one right now :)

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  19. Gingerbread and Sticky Buns?? Brilliant, seriously I can not wait to try this recipe:)
    Take care,
    Terra

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  20. What a great combination! I bet these made your kitchen smell amazing too. We are all benefiting from your gingerbread obsession so keep it up! :)

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  21. Hooray for messy food. I'menjoying this theme right along with you.

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  22. This looks deliciously sticky!! I love ginger .. and i love ginger bread :)

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  23. Oh my gosh, I should have waited to open up your post until tomorrow morning... holy wow... I could go for one of those buns right now! Seriously... slurping my drool. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Oh yum! Gingerbead sticky buns sound so divine! Great recipe!

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  25. I just love ooey-gooey sticky buns and these look amazing.

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  26. Love the taste of gingerbread so this must be heavenly for breakfast!

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  27. These are some awesome looking sticky buns and the sound of the ginger makes me hungry:)

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  28. These look (and sound) absolutely fantastic. I go in streaks too. For awhile it was s'more everything. Now it's fried food (not nearly as good for you) =o) I'll have to make these for sure! Thanks!

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  29. Those look so sticky and yummy. I'll trade you some cinnamon buns for sticky buns!

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  30. I love sticky buns and yours are so yummy!!

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  31. These are now on my "to do" list!! I look forward to trying them out!!!

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