Cranberry Sticky Buns

The Ark Restaurant on the Long Beach Peninsula in SW Washington. Make the sweet dough:

2 cakes (1 oz) fresh yeast or 2 Tbs. dry yeast
2/3 cup warm whole milk (90 degrees F.)
4 Tbs. sugar

Mix all ingredients and set aside to bloom the yeast.

1/2 tsp. salt
2 lg. eggs
6 Tbs. softened unsalted butter
3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. mace (or cinnamon)

Mix the salt, mace and flour together. Add the eggs and butter to the yeast, then pour the dry mixture on top and place on your KitchenAid with the dough hook attachment. Mix for at least 10 minutes, or until smooth and satiny in texture. Add flour as needed (I didn't need to add very much - maybe a couple of Tbs.)

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead by hand a few turns or until very smooth. Put into a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise until doubled.

Make the filling and topping:

1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (fresh grated)
1/2 c. coarsely chopped cranberries (I chopped them in a FP - don't try to do this with a knife! )

Mix the nuts together. Mix all remaining ingredients together along with half of the walnut-pecan mixture. Set aside.

3/4 c. softened unsalted butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 Tbs. melted unsalted butter

Spread the softened unsalted butter evenly across the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Mix the remaining half of the nuts with the brown sugar, the vanilla, and lemon zest and sprinkle over the top.

Roll the dough into a rectangle approx. 12 x 18 inches. Brush with the melted butter except for about 1 inch along one of the 18 inch sides. Sprinkle the cranberry filling all over the buttered dough, the roll it up jelly roll style, pinching at each end and along the seam.

Cut the roll into 12 even pieces and place face down, 4 across and 3 down, in the pan. Cover and proof until nearly doubled.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 - 35 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the sugar is bubbling up between the rolls.

Remove the pan from the oven, wait 5 minutes, then invert onto a baking sheet. Cool and serve.

Makes about 12 rolls.

Posted by CLS

Source of recipe: The Ark Cookbook

Cranberry Sticky Buns