The Guaranteed Smile Sticky Bun Recipe

The Guaranteed Smile Sticky Bun Recipe

Dear Everyone,

The current COVID 19 situation seems to have pulled my energy away from fashion and into the kitchen. Seeing the smiles on my family’s face as they try my latest creations makes me happy too!

A huge thanks to my Mum for sending me the New Zealand Food magazine. This recipe is inspired from that latest issue but adapted to what I like most – smile! Super easy to make and truly tastes delicious.

Wishing you all the best and a healthy but delicious weekend ahead!

Keep reading for the guaranteed smile sticky bun recipe.


The Guaranteed Smile Sticky Bun Recipe

The Guaranteed Smile Sticky Bun Recipe

Line a 23cm square tin with baking paper.

  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 egg

Combine yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl. Cover and stand in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy.

Sift flour and spices into a large bowl, rub in the butter. Stir in the yeast mixture and egg. Mix to a soft sticky dough. Cover, stand in a warm place for about 45 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Once the dough has doubled in size take it out of the bowl and on a lightly floured surface roll out into a 25 x 40 cm rectangle. Sprinkle dough with the sugar, then cranberries and pecan nuts.

Roll dough up firmly, creating a 40cm long roll. Then using a sharp knife slice into 16 even pieces. Place scrolls side by side in pan. Cover and stand in a warm place for another 10 – 15 minutes until the buns have risen once again.

Preheat oven to 190° C. Bake for about 30 minutes.

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier
  • 30 g butter

Place all ingredients in a pan and heat on low until the sugar melts. Then simmer for approximately 8 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.

Once the rolls have finished baking take out of the oven and pour the brown sugar syrup evenly over the rolls. Stand for 5 minutes.

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • approximately 1 – 2 tablespoons warm water

Mix sugar and water to form a thick pourable paste. As a final touch drizzle the icing sugar mixture over the buns.

The Guaranteed Smile Sticky Bun Recipe

Time to call the family together for afternoon tea.

The Guaranteed Smile Sticky Bun Recipe



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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

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