Jan 4, 2012

Philadelphia Sticky Buns

I don't know about everyone else's upbringing, but there is nothing in my childhood that was more constant than holiday traditions. Christmas was a big deal in our home and my favorite memories of my mom are all related in some way to that time of year. Whether it was decorating, baking, or gifting, my mom went all out... The baking part is actually pretty amazing since I can literally count on one hand the foods my mom actually cooked well throughout the rest of the year.

My two favorite holiday dishes are recipes that my mom got from her mom. Amazing, again, because my Grandmom, Polly, was also not the best cook in the world. Everyone always told the story of how Grandmom's house was the last house on the block to finally get a microwave... Grandmom knew that microwaves cook food faster, so she assumed that meant that she would just burn her food faster. Shockingly, though, holiday meals were always a huge success.

And every Christmas morning meant Philadelphia Sticky Buns. They can be assembled quickly the night before and left in the fridge until morning. Then, just take them out to rise while the presents are being unwrapped and bake them when you're ready.

I'm going to post an ingredient list, because my recipe doesn't have it. Hopefully it's helpful!

1 loaf frozen white bread dough (I just get the Rhodes brand 3-pack in the freezer aisle)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (divided) butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
raisins (optional) 
cinnamon and sugar mixture

The directions below are verbatim from my Grandmom's recipe card:

Philadelphia Sticky Buns - Frozen Bread Recipe
Let frozen loaf thaw at room temp (2 to 3 hrs) or in refridge (6 to 10 hrs). Roll dough to size 8" x 12' starting on 12" side. Brish wish 2 tbl melted butter & sprinkle with cinnamon sugar & raisins. Roll up like a jelly roll & cut into 10 or 12 slices. Put in 9" square or round pan in which 1/4 c butter, 1/2 c packed brown sugar have been melted. Stir first & add a few raisins, if desired. Let rise in a warm place (slightly warmed oven, turned off is a good place - no drafts) until doubled in size (3/4-1 hr). Bake at 375 for 25-30 min. Turn out of pan IMMEDIATELY. 

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