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Fig Sticky Buns with Caramel Glaze

Fig Sticky Buns with Fresh Fig & Caramel Glaze

What’s the difference between a sticky bun and a cinnamon roll, anyway?

For starters, a sticky bun is (obviously) stickier, baked in a puddle of caramel glaze and topped with even more of the stuff. They both have some cinnamon, though it’s definitely not as prominent a flavor as you’d find in a cinnamon roll (think teaspoons not tablespoons).

Also, the bread part itself is noticeably lighter, soft and tender, more like a lightly sweet dinner roll as opposed to the heavier, doughier base of the cinnamon roll.

The caveat to that lighter texture is the dough is a bit trickier to work with. In fact, when I first mixed it up I was certain the recipe was missing an entire cup of flour. The dough will be very soft and sticky, it will not ‘come together in a ball’ like most bread-type recipes specify. And yet, after rising and refrigerating, it will be workable. I promise.

Fig Sticky Buns with Fresh Fig & Caramel Glaze

I used Bon Appetit’s Ultimate Sticky Bun recipe as a base (why reinvent the wheel, right?) and then adapted the filling and glaze to include the figs (both fresh and dried).

In the caramel glaze, I scooped out the flesh of a few figs and cooked that into the caramel, giving it a subtle fruity undertone but not marring the texture in any negative way.

In the filling, I mixed it all together in a food processor with a generous amount of dried figs, a sweet and buttery paste with hints of fig and cinnamon.

The result is a downright amazing sticky bun, with a little extra depth and dimension from the figs. It’s more than just cinnamon and sugar and caramel and pecans rolled up in a tender, fluffy dough. The figs might not be immediately identifiable, but there is no doubting they add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the mix.

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