Cardamom-Pear-Pecan Sticky Buns for BBD (Recipe Not Included)

Cardamom-Pear-Pecan Sticky Buns

If I’m being honest, I have to breathe a sigh of relief that 2007 is almost over. Well, maybe not all of 2007, just the last couple of weeks. OK, maybe not all of the last couple of weeks, but the baking part. At least the part where I make at least one very stupid mistake with each and every thing I bake.

My mental bandwidth overloaded with holiday freneticism, and my brain cells additionally blunted by the consumption of a staggering amount of butter and sugar (excuses, excuses), I have felt, of late, like I’m starring in “Inspector Clouseau in the Kitchen.”

Everything turned out to be salvageable, and I’ll spare you the details, except to offer a vague explanation for why I’m not including the recipe for my submission to this month’s BreadBakingDay (#05). Our host Chelsea of Rolling in Dough chose the theme of filled breads, and I made Cardamom-Pear-Pecan Sticky Buns.

The buns turned out pretty well in the end, but not before I met with a handful of issues involving an unintentionally huge quantity of dough (half of which still sits forlornly in my fridge, destined to be tossed), an incorrect oven temperature, and scribbled notes spread out in at least four places, only two of which I can seem to remember at any given time.

So all I can muster at the moment are a few photos as evidence that I truly did bake these buns, and a promise that I’ll pull the recipe together and post it sometime in 2008. (It really is a good recipe!)

Rolling up the buns with pears and pecans

In the meantime, if you want to make them, just take your favorite cinnamon sticky bun recipe (like the one that was the Daring Bakers’ September challenge), replace the cinnamon with cardamom, and fill and top with chopped pecans and dried pears cut into 1/4-inch dice. The result is a not-too-sweet combination that turned out, after all was said and done, to be popular with my Christmas-week houseful.

As always, thank you to this month’s BBD host Chelsea, and to BBD’s founder and keeper, Zorra.

Happy New Year everyone. Here’s to new beginnings in 2008!

Cardamom-Pear-Pecan Sticky Bun closeup

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  1. These look very delicious. I too was thinking about doing some sort of roll/bun for BBD#5 and am just not sure I will get to it today or tomorrow. I look forward to this recipe though! Happy New Year!

  2. The sticky buns look delicious. There must be something quirky about the waning days of 2007. I have a several burn marks across the back of my hand to remind me of my braided cheese-filled bread. Have a great New Year’s day. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will be baking in 2008.

  3. Oh golly Susan, I sure be making something like this if I had a house full! I really love the pear idea.
    You’re sounding about like I function all the time. I’m trying to get use to it as I don’t seem to be able to be more organized.
    Wishing you all the best baking and blogging and life in 2008!

  4. My children adore sticky buns! Happy 2008!

  5. Looks Yummy! I,too,had my share of holiday baking dilemmas, kept forgetting to add the nuts! Left them out of the cranberry bread and a batch of cookies but was able to add them on top of cookies after they were sliced! Nobody knows they weren’t supposed to be that way! I made it through and looking forward to baking in the new year and so glad to have found your site! Rosemary in very chilly(today) Florida

  6. Susan, as always just mouth watering!

  7. these look absolutely delicious! i’m making cardamom ice cream for a dinner party tonight, so now i have a jar of cardamom pods on hand!

  8. oooooooo so sticky. i would lick my fingers once i started eating it!

  9. Cardamom bunnies? yummy, yummy! I’ll have to give it a try – it must be delicious.

  10. These look delicious, and I have been coveting the recipe ever since I first saw them! Have you thought any more about sharing your recipe? Thank you for such a great website.

  11. Beth, my sticky bun recipe is here:
    For the cardamom-pear buns, I used cardamom sugar instead of cinnamon sugar and replaced a portion of the pecans in the filling with chopped dried pears. The smear was also made with cardamom instead of cinnamon.

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