Cinnamon, Pear and Pecan Sticky Buns

This recipe works for: Breakfast

Serving Size: 24

  • 1-1/2 cups Milk, heated
  • 2 teaspoons Active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  • 3 large Egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5-6 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 3 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 quarts Pacific Northwest Canned Pears, diced, drained, reserve juice
  • 2 cups Pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 2 cups Dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Dried bread crumbs, plain
  • 1/4 cup Pear juice
  • 1 quart Confectioner’s sugar, sifted


1. Combine heated milk, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in a large bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Stir yeast mixture. Add remaining sugar, butter, egg yolks, and salt and mix well. Stir in 2 cups flour and mix well.

2. Slowly stir in remaining flour mixing well between additions. When dough is stiff enough, transfer to a warm surface and knead. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise 45-60 minutes. Punch dough down and divide in half.

3. On a lightly floured surface roll each of the dough pieces into a 10 x 20-inch rectangle.
4. In a bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

5. In another bowl mix together pears, pecans, dried cranberries and crumbs.

6. For each Pastry Rectangle: Sprinkle the surface on each sheet of pastry with 1-1/2 cups cinnamon-sugar. Top sugar-lined pastry evenly with 5 cups pear mixture.

7. Starting along the back, roll the long side of the dough gently to enclose pear mixture. Seal the log tightly by pinching the seam together. Cut each log into approximately 12 x 2-inch buns. Repeat process for the other log.

8. Place the buns, cut-side-up, on a well-sprayed parchment-lined half sheetpan and let rise 20 minutes. Bake buns in pre-heated 375°F conventional or 350°F convection oven for 25–30 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Remove from heat and let the buns cool 10 minutes before turning over onto another half sheetpan and cooling.

9. In a bowl combine sifted sugar with pear juice and mix well to form a glaze, adding more liquid as needed. Drizzle glaze over warm buns and serve.

Note: Prepared sweet yeast dough (approximately 4 pounds) may be used to substitute for the dough recipe in this formula.

Did You Know?

Canned fruits and tomatoes are packed within just a few hours of being harvested at the peak of ripeness.