I know I’ve written about puff pastry before (see: chocolate croissants, and easy apple tart), but I wanted to give it props one more time. Some mornings, maybe you have the wherewithal to make pancakes or biscuits or pinwheels. Other mornings, you want something warm, flaky, and delicious but easy. That’s where puff pastry comes in. It’s so easy it’s theme song should be Easy by the Commodores… [now everybody sing it with me: that’s why I’m eeeeasy, easy like Sunday morning].
Easy Sticky Buns
(based on Barefoot Contessa’s easy sticky buns)
One of my favorite things about this is its versatility: you can use any spice you like, don’t feel limited to cinnamon (though you may want to adjust the amount if its a particularly strong spice like allspice or nutmeg)… and you can use any kind of nuts… and if you like raisins, add them. I tend to leave raisins out of most things.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
3 tablespoons butter, plus 1 tablespoon, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons plus 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or other spice), divided
1/4 cup nuts (sliced almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc)
1. Allow your puff pastry sheet to thaw on the counter (preferably on a clean kitchen towel) for about 20 minutes.
2. If it came folded, unfold it carefully. If it is still too frozen and stiff to open completely without breaking or tearing, allow it to thaw a little longer (5-10 minutes).
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently roll out the puff pastry slightly. Not too much, just so that the rectangle is about an inch longer on each side.
4. Spread softened butter on the puff pastry (About 2-3 tablespoons). Sprinkle on top of the butter: 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, or any other spice you particularly like. Top with about 1/4 cup of nuts (sliced almonds, toasted pecans or walnuts, or any other nut you like).
5. Carefully roll the puff pastry into a log (like a jelly roll).
6. Trim the ends, then slice into about eight even portions (about 1-inch thick).
7. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or whichever spice you used in step 4). Divide among eight muffin cups. Dot each cup with butter, and place one of the slices from step 6 on top.
8. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
9. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
10. Enjoy with your favorite coffee or tea on a cozy Sunday morning…