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       Title: Amy Scherber’s Pecan Sticky Buns - Tvfn
  Categories: Bread, Dessert
       Yield: 9 Large buns
  
  
    2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
       1/4 cup (2 ounces) very warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
    5 1/3 cups (24 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
    2 1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
         2 cups (16 ounces) warm water (90 degrees F)
         9 tablespoons (4 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter
      1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (5 ounces) dark brown sugar, firmly packed
         4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
      2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (2 3/4 ounces) pecan pieces, toasted
      1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (2 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
         1 teaspoon cinnamon
   
   Equipment: One 9-inch square baking pan, preferably non-stick, buttered on
   sides only; one sheet pan, lined with aluminum foil
   
   Place the yeast and warm water in a small bowl and stir with a fork to
   dissolve the yeast. Allow it to stand for about 3 minutes.
   
   Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add the warm water and the
   yeast mixture and stir with your fingers to moisten the flour, scraping the
   sides of the bowl and folding the dough over itself until it gathers into a
   shaggy mass.
   
   Move the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it by hand for 5
   minutes. This is a soft, moist dough. If the dough seems too stiff and hard
   to knead, add extra warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a nice
   malleable dough. Gently shape the dough into a loose ball, cover it with
   plastic, and let it rest on the table for 20 minutes.
    (This rest period is the autolyse.)
   
   Gently knead the dough on the lightly floured surface for 1to 2 more
   minutes, or until it becomes smooth, supple, and elastic but not too firm.
   The texture of the dough should be soft but springy. Shape the dough into a
   loose ball, place it in a lightly oiled bowl, and turn to coat the top with
   oil. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature
   (75 to 77 degrees F) until it has doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 to 2
   hours.
   
   While the dough is rising; in a small saucepan, heat the 9 tablespoons
   butter and the dark brown sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally, until
   the butter has melted and the sugar is completely moistened (it won't be
   dissolved), then whisk until the mixture looks silky and a little lighter
   in color. Use 1 tablespoon softened butter to grease the sides of a 9-inch
   square pan, then pour in the caramel, tilting the pan slightly so the
   mixture spreads evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the toasted
   pecans over the warm caramel and press them down slightly. Put the pan in
   the refrigerator to cool the caramel; be the pan’s on a level surface. Put
   the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir until evenly
   mixed. Set aside.
   
   When the dough has doubled, gently pour it out of the bowl onto the floured
   work surface. Flatten the dough and stretch it with your fingers to form a
   13 by 10-inch rectangle, with a long side facing you. Work gently so you
   don't tear the dough surface. The dough should stretch easily at this
   point, but if it resists, let it rest for 5 minutes and resume stretching.
   Check to be sure the dough isn't sticking to the work surface; flour the
   table again, if necessary.
   
   Spread 3 tablespoons of the softened butter evenly over the the dough,
   leaving a 1/2-inch strip unbuttered along the top edge. Sprinkle the
   cinnamon/sugar mixture generously and evenly over the butter, again leaving
   the top 1/2-inch of the rectangle bare. Starting with the bottom edge, roll
   up the dough jelly-roll fashion into a long log. If the dough sticks to the
   table as you're rolling, use a dough scraper to loosen it gently. Pinch
   gently but firmly along the seam to seal it. If necessary, gently shape the
   roll so it is a nice uniform log.
   
   Take the caramel-lined pan out of the refrigerator. Cut the log of dough
   into 9 equal pieces. (It’s easiest to mark the roll first to show where
   you're going to make the cuts--a slight indentation with the knife edge
   will do--then use a sharp serrated knife to cut completely through the
   dough.) Lay the pieces cut side down on top of the caramel. Don't worry if
   it’s a tight fit. Let rise, uncovered, at room temperature until the dough
   has almost doubled, about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. The rolls should fill the pan
   and extend 1/2 to 3/4-inch above it. In the meantime, position a rack in
   the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the pan
   of sticky buns on a foil-lined baking sheet and place it in the oven. Bake
   for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake
   for 30 to 40 minutes longer, until the tops of the buns are golden brown
   and crusty. It’s important to bake the buns long enough so the dough is
   cooked all the way through and the caramel topping develops properly.
    Set the pan of buns on a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then quickly but
   carefully turn the pan upside down and release the sticky buns onto a large
   flat heatproof plate. Immediately scrape out any hot caramel remaining in
   the bottom of the pan and spread it on the tops of the buns, filling in any
   bare spots. Let them cool until just warm before serving. (Clean the pan by
   soaking it in very hot water to dissolve the caramel.) Store any leftovers
   covered in plastic wrap at room temperature.
   
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