(See this post if you haven't already.)
Recipe: The Dough
1 packet or 2.5 tsp instant yeast - $1.15
7 - 9 oz. lukewarm water
12.75 oz. AP flour - $0.96
3 oz. unsalted butter, room temp - $1.56
1.25 oz. white granulated sugar - $0.08
1.25 oz. salt - $0.05
0.62 oz. dry milk - $0.39
1.5 oz. instant mashed potatoes - $0.29
Total for dough: $4.48
|Mise en place|
|Mise en place|
Recipe: The Glaze
3 oz. honey - $1.08
2.5 oz. maple syrup - $0.48
.5 oz. rum
1.5 oz. unsalted butter - $0.78
7.5 oz. light brown sugar - $0.75
4 oz. chopped walnuts - $2.92
Total for glaze: $6.01
I made the glaze a little differently from the printed recipe, which called for all maple syrup or corn syrup. Too much maple syrup, and the glaze tastes like breakfast. For the rum, I used Malibu coconut rum, though I'm not sure if its addition added significantly to the quality of the end product. One other change I made was replacing the called-for pecans with walnuts, which I already had in the pantry. The glaze couldn't be easier to make: just whisk the melted butter, honey, rum, and maple syrup together, then divide it into the two pans. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar and nuts onto each pan, and set them aside.
|One of the two prepared pans|
3.5 oz. white granulated sugar - $0.23
2 tsp. cinnamon - $0.07 (1 tsp of cinnamon weighs approximately .0972 oz. At $0.38/oz., it costs a little more than 3 and a half cents per teaspoon)
Total for filling: $0.30
Once doubled, I put a Silpat onto my work surface, sprayed it with Pam, and patted the dough out into a 16" x 12" rectangle. This proved to be very easy in two shifts (a ten minute break in-between gives the gluten time to relax so it doesn't fight the last few adjustments). I used the Silpat mostly as a guide for measurement, as it has the same rough dimensions, and it's easier to clean oil off of it than the work surface I use. I then sprinkled the filling all over the dough except for about an inch-long strip along the bottom. From there, I rolled it up and made marks along its length so that I could get sixteen equal pieces.
|Unbaked buns in the pan, pre-proof|
Taking them out and flipping them over presents a very mild challenge: put the aluminum foil you draped over the top onto the counter, then place your rack upside-down on the surface of the buns still in the pan. Over the aluminum foil, flip the pan upside-down and set the rack, now right-side up, onto the aluminum foil (which will catch dripping glaze). The glaze sets up rather quickly, so scrape any remaining glaze and nuts from the bottom of the pan onto the buns as fast as possible. You may want to leave the second pan in the cooling oven while you unmold the first so that the glaze remains hot and in its most liquid form.
|Sticky buns just unmolded from the pan|
|A sticky bun, once cooled|
|Exploded view: note the swirl from rolling up the dough|
Total Cost: $10.79
Cost Per Serving (1 Sticky Bun/Serving): $0.67
Closest Packaged Analog: Entenmann's Cinnamon Swirl Buns
Cost Per Serving (1 Sticky Bun/Serving): $1.28
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Water, Sugar, Palm Oil, Eggs. High Fructose Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Soybean Oil. Soy Flour, Whey (Milk), Invert Sugar, Yeast, Mono- and Diglycerides, Salt, Cinnamon, Corn Syrup, Molasses, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Modified Food Starch (corn Syrup), Tapioca Dextrin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Maltodextrin, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Sulfate, Corn Flour, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Propionate), Rice Syrup, Butter, Baker's Cheese (Pasteurized Cultured Skim Milk, Rennet), Succinylate Monoglycerides, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), wheat Fiber, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Oat Fiber, Glyceryl Lactoesters of Fatty Acids, Agar, Spice & Coloring, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Color, Gum Acacia, Sorbitan Monostearate, Citric Acid), Polysorbate 60, Caramel Color, Beta Carotene (Color).
For 52% of the price, you can have a tasty (if sugary and fatty) dessert that you made at home with your own two hands, or you can eat Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, and Polysorbate 60 with your pastry. I used to eat Entenmann's products, especially when I lived on the East Coast. Not anymore.
(At Oriana's reminder, I've submitted this post to Yeastspotting.)