Friday, March 9, 2012

Orange-Caramel Sticky Buns

Do you have the book "The Artisan Bread Machine" by Judith Fertig? Well, if you do have it, have you made this "Orange-Caramel Sticky Buns" yet? If you have made this, then you already know how wonderful these buns are, if you have not made this yet, put this on your list, better still, make a batch as soon as you have the time. It does not take much time actually, the indispensable bread machine does all the kneading and the first proving for you, all you have to do is to prepare the filling and caramel and shape the buns, that's all!

The dough is mixed in the bread machine, after the first proving, when the cycle is completed, take the dough out from the bread pan and on a lightly floured work surface, roll it out to 12" x 10" (longest nearest to you), spread with the filling, roll it up tightly like a swissroll, seams side down. Cut into 12 pieces of 1" each.

Mix the caramel ingredients and pour into the greased pan, here I use 9"x9" pan, even though the book calls for 8"x8", but I cannot fit all 12 pieces in the 8" pan, so I switched to the 9" pan instead. Place all 12 pieces, spiral side up on the caramel in the pan. I was a bit worried that the caramel seems to be so watery and the buns are literally "soaked" in it. The caramel is visible in the spaces in between the buns. But I supposed it will be all dried up and the sugar will be caramelized with the heat in the oven. Cover and leave to rise while you preheat the oven.

The risen buns after about 30 minutes, and they really puffed, so the caramel is not visible now! Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes. It does not look attractive, do they? But wait till you taste it!

Leave the buns in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then invert it onto a plate. There, it looks glossy and sticky with the caramel underneath. Leave to cool a little before eating.

One lovely bun and a cup of tea.

I could hardly wait to try a bite. Oh my, the buns are so fluffy, soft and light. So good!

Can you see how fluffy and soft this bun is?

Instead of biting into the bun, I love to tear it to small pieces, just to feel the fluffiness and pop the little piece into the mouth! Tear and pop, tear and pop! :) Look at that orange peel, simply delightful!

There were four pieces left and the next day we ate three, the buns was still soft and it gets a little more sweeter, and to test whether would it stay soft on the third day, I kept one piece and yes, it was still soft, though not as fluffy, but still so soft! This is the best sticky bun I've made, much softer and fluffier than the Glazed Cinnamon Buns I made last month which is really good, but this Orange-Caramel Sticky Buns came out tops, for me!  This is indeed a keeper recipe, I would love to try with other flavours, coffee and chocolate chips! I'm looking forward to try the other recipes from this book! Did you know that there will be a new book, to be released in September 2012 by Judith Fertig, "I Love Cinnamon Rolls".  Rolls and sticky buns, all in one book! If her rolls and buns are as good as these, I'll be one of the first to queue in line! 

I'm sharing this with :
BYOB - Bake Your Own Bread hosted by Girlichef
Cookbook Sundays hosted by Couscous & Consciousness
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Bake with Bizzy hosted by Bizzy Bakes

Orange-Caramel Sticky Buns
(adapted from " The Artisan Bread Machine" by Judith Fertig)
Makes  12 rolls
Equipment :
~ bread machine with a 1-1/2-lb(750g) capacity
~ 8-inch (20cm) square metal baking pan, greased
~ rolling pin

For The Buns :
1/4 cup granulated sugar 
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs, beaten
6 tbsp lukewarm buttermilk
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I use bread flour)
1-1/2 tsp instant or bread machine yeast

Sweet Orange Filling :
1/4 cup granulated sugar (I use 1/8 cup), if you like it really sweet, use the original amount
2 tsp grated orange zest
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

Orange Caramel :
6 tbsp packed light or dark brown sugar (I use 4 tbsp)
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup toffee candy bits (optional)

  1. Add sugar, salt, eggs, buttermilk and butter to the bread pan. Spoon flour on top of liquid. Add yeast.
  2. Select the Dough cycle and press Start.
  3. Filling : In a small bowl, using a fork, combine sugar, orange zest, salt and butter until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Caramel : In another bowl, combine brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice and butter until smooth. Spread in prepared pan. Top with toffee bits (if using)
  5. When the cycle is finished, transfer dough to a floured surface and punch down gently. Roll into a 12 by 10-inch (30x25cm) rectangle, with a long edge closest to you. Spread filling over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch (1cm) perimeter along each long edge. Lightly brush the long edge farthest from you with water. Starting with the long edge closest to you, roll dough into a tight cylinder and pinch seam to seal. Using dental floss or a sharp knife, cut cylinder into 1-inch (2.5cm) slices. Place slices, sprial side up, on the caramel in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise while the oven is preheating. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until risen and lightly browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of a roll registers 190F (90C). Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen rolls from sides of pan and invert onto a serving platter. Serve warm.

kitchen flavours notes :
  • I used a 9" pan
  • I use less sugar for the filling and caramel, as above
  • I replace the all-purpose flour with bread flour
  • Instead of buttermilk, I substitute with 4 tablespoons homemade yoghurt and 2 tablespoons milk, mixed them well together
  • did not use the toffee candy bits


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  1. wow...what gorgeous buns...would love to try them sometime :-)

  2. WOW!! Lovely buns with orange flavor. Yum

  3. Looks awesome, so fluffy and oozing with the caramel sauce..

  4. Wow! you always amaze me with your work, very impressive. it really looks good!

  5. These sound wonderful. I know I'd really love these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. I was just thinking about making some sticky buns. I'll have to try your orange version!

  7. Don't you love this book; I have been eyeing this recipe. Will be on my must make soon when I get home. Thanks.

  8. wowww....soft, fluffy & citrusy! nxt time invite me lah! 'u mah good lor' ;-)

  9. Mmmm... these are gorgeous! I hope I can make it as good as yours :)

  10. Yum, these look pretty good, so soft and sticky!



  11. They are beautiful! I've bookmarked this to try-thanks:@)

  12. Wow, these buns look very soft & yummy! Can I have 1 please, haha! I'm planning to make some buns tomorrow morning, finger cross they will turn out as good as yours!Hav a good weekend!

  13. You know what? I DO have this book AND I've had this recipe marked for a while. Now I really want to try it...those buns look fantastic. I love how the dough sits and bakes in the caramel and then you flip them. Delicious. Thanks so much for sharing them with BYOB this month :D

  14. Oh my heavens, your buns look delectably gorgeous! I too would love just one nibble.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  15. Oh man! I remember seeing these on another friend's blog last year and thinking that I had to get that book. They look amazing!

  16. OMG Joyce, this looks so yummy! will try this for sure!
    coffee and choc chips sounds delicious too!
    btw, where can i get the book? I mean The Artisan Bread Machine book
    thks :)

    1. thks for your reply :)
      will look for it in bookshops first, if i cant find then i'll get it from book depository
      will get coffee cakes book too :P

  17. joyce, i'm hungry now looking at your buns..seriously..i need to go and find something to eat to stop my crave for your buns now!!

  18. wah..sedapnya! can bring some tomorrow ah??

  19. YUM, I have a new bread machine (wore the other one out!) and this will be a great use of that new machine, thanks Joy.

  20. That looks delicious, orange caramel this is wonderful.
    really enjoyed your recipe;)
    kisses and also has a good weekend.

  21. look delicious but what you think i dont hs brrad machine if i make by hand??

  22. After seeing this, I think I need a bread machine! Your rolls look great and I can imagine how delicious they are. Good job! Have a nice weekend!

  23. Those sticky buns look really enticing! Good thing you used a larger pan so that those buns have room to expand. Must be very tasty with a cup of tea. Enjoy your weekend!

  24. These sound really good! I love orange sweets!

  25. I haven't got the Artisian Bread Machine cookbook but have definately seen it and am persuaded to buy it now! I would love to see it with coffee too, yummy!

  26. Hi, how you doin'? Wow! I've never seen this before.
    But sure looks good. I think 5 pieces will do me fine, ha ha.
    Love the texture and colours.....
    I bet your kitchen smells nice with all these fantastic creations of yours....

    You the kind of lady any husband loves coming home too from work....
    Imagine having these on the table for evening tea ready for him....
    Sure he will manjah the wife, sayang more, ha ha.
    Have a nice weekend, keep a song in your heart.

  27. I wonder whether can do manually. No bread machine! Bookmarked!!!!

  28. Those buns of yours sure look so fluffy and soft! I don't have a bread machine either so will have to do it with the mixer.

  29. unos bollos esponjosos y deliciosos me encantan ,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  30. You had me at "orange caramel"!! I love the look of these buns - they really do look incredibly light and fluffy. I obviously need to put that book on my "wish list".

    Thanks for sharing these at Cookbook Sundays.

    Sue xo

  31. Your buns definitely look soft and fluffy, sounds delicious with the caramel and orange fillings!

  32. Hi everyone,
    Thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comments! Wish all of you a wonderful week ahead!

  33. I am going to make this recipe very soon. Your photo's are awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  34. Hey, first time on your blog and am loving it here.. this orange buns are simply delicious.. tear and pop !!

    Happy to follow u, bookmarked quite a lot of recipes.. do wish mine as wll when u wish :)