Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Buns

Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Buns // savvyeat.comIt’s a… GIRL!

We had our 20 week ultrasound yesterday, and Baby G looks healthy and right on track as far as development goes. She was wiggling around too much to get a few of the pictures they wanted, so we have to go back in a few weeks…darn, we get to see our baby again!

It still feels a little surreal. Everyone was convinced we were having a boy (and had convinced me of the same), so we were especially surprised to hear that we’re having a girl. But I spent most of yesterday excitedly exclaiming “There’s a girl in there!” to the dog and “You’re going to be a sweet baby girl!” to the bump, so I think the news has finally sunk in.

To celebrate the Baby-G-is-healthy, we-can-stop-saying-‘he-or-she’-whenever-we-refer-to-HER good news, we’re celebrating with some pumpkin butter-stuffed sticky buns this weekend. We may or may not have celebrated with these last night in a breakfast-for-dinner situation, too. Hey, it’s exciting news worthy of many pumpkin spiced pastries!

These were originally going to be plain old pumpkin butter cinnamon rolls. But I’m all about the texture lately, and really wanted to include some crunchy, caramel-y nuts, so I transformed them into sticky buns. Really, there isn’t much difference between the two, except one is covered with icing and the other with a sticky pecan topping.

Let the weekend brunch planning begin!

Pumpkin pecan sticky buns are perfect for Sunday brunch! via savvyeat.com

Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Buns

Prep Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Buns

These pumpkin pecan sticky rolls are a little time consuming, but you can do most of the work the night before your next autumnal brunch!


    For the dough:
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • For the filling:
  • 2/3 cups pumpkin butter
  • For the topping:
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


    For the dough:
  1. Stir the warm milk with the yeast and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes, or until the yeast is bubbly.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the flour, the eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Stir until just combined.
  3. Add the rest of the flour and knead for 3-4 minutes. You can do this by hand or with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
  4. Cut the butter into 5-6 pieces and add to the dough. Knead for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl loosely with a tea towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1 hour, or until nearly doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough and knead it a few times. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The dough will be fine in the refrigerator overnight, so feel free to take the rolls to this step the night before your brunch.
  7. To fill the rolls:
  8. Roll the dough into a 12" x 15" rectangle. Spread the dough with the pumpkin butter in a thin, even layer.
  9. Starting with a long edge, roll the dough up as tightly as you can. Slice the rolls into 8 even pieces, and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  10. For the topping:
  11. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  12. Stir the brown sugar, butter, honey and nutmeg for the topping together in an 8" or 10" oven-proof skillet. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until it is bubbly and a shade or two darker in color.
  13. Stir in the pecans.
  14. Place the rolls in the skillet, cut-side down. Start from the middle and work your way out towards the edge of the skillet. They shouldn't fill the pan entirely yet, as they will expand and rise as they cook.
  15. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until the buns are golden and the topping is bubbly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving, pecan-side up.

Spiced Apple Butter

Apple Butter on savvyeat.com

It had been far too long. I made apple butter last month for the first time since 2010. It isn’t that I don’t like apple butter- far from it. Apple butter is one of the easiest preserves to use in cooking and baking. Its smooth texture allows it to melt right into whatever you’re cooking, leaving behind a warm spiced flavor and a subtle sweetness.

No, the reason it had been so long is that I majorly overdid it four autumns ago. I was new to canning, and fruit butter was so accessible as a beginner. So I made batch after batch of every kind of fruit butter I could think of – peach, blueberry, cherry and of course, apple. It was enough to last us for at least two years. Between that and the shelf-full of applesauce I made that fall, I just got completely burnt out on apple preserves. As a result, I skipped them entirely last year even though our supply was close to depletion.

By the beginning of this summer, I was back to missing smooth silky apple butter, so I chose to make a fresh batch for a recipe.com freelance piece. The recipe is based off of one from Betty Crocker and I have to say, I like it better than the one I made back in 2010. It has just the right level of fall spices so that it is flavorful without being overwhelming, and the sweeting is subtle enough that the apples can shine through.

Get the apple butter recipe here!

I’ve published some other pieces on recipe.com recently as well. Check them out!