Maple Pecan Sticky Buns are soft and fluffy buns with a cinnamon and maple filling topped with candied maple pecans and more maple syrup.
In a bowl combine the luke-warm milk, melted butter, sugar, egg and yeast.
Add the flour and salt and using a dough hook on a stand mixer, mix on low speed to incorporate the flour into the dough. Turn onto medium speed and mix until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
The mixture will be soft and slightly sticky but not stick to your hands.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl and cover with a towel and let rise in a warm, dry place until it doubles or nearly doubles in size. (Around about an hour).
While the dough is rising mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar together and set aside.
Chop the pecans roughly. Some small, some larger and some you can leave whole.
Place a fry pan on a medium to high heat and place the coconut oil, salt, maple syrup, vanilla extract and pecans into the fry pan and fry for five minutes. Stir constantly so the pecans don't burn.
Pour onto non stick paper and spread out to allow them to cool completely.
Once the dough has risen, punch down the dough and turn out onto a floured bench.
Roll the dough into a large rectangle. I roll into a large, thin rectangle. You could roll it smaller and thicker less rolls in each bun.
Brush the dough with the 50g of melted butter and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the melted butter. Pour over the 1/4 cup of maple syrup.
Here you can place a thin line of a few of the candied maple pecans at the beginning of your rectangle of dough so you get a candied pecan in the middle of each bun. (Or skip this step).
Roll up tightly lengthwise so you have one long roll.
Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into around 12 pieces
Place the buns onto a lightly greased 9x13 pan and cover to let them rise for 30 to 45 minutes. (Mine didn't rise too much so don't be alarmed if they don't double in size).
Preheat oven to 160°C or 325°F and top the buns with the remaining candied pecans and bake the rolls for around 12-15 minutes.
The buns should be just lightly golden on top.
Drizzle the buns with extra maple syrup if you want more 'sauce'. Serve fresh from the oven or allow them to cool and eat cold.
You can make these the night before and cook them in the morning. Just make sure you cover the baking pan with the buns in with cling film.
You could top the buns with the cinnamon bun icing if you wish.