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Sticky Buns, Faulty Fire Extinguishers, and Disaster Averted

When I decided to make sticky buns yesterday, I figured that going for something simple would be best. After all I’m no master of the oven; I’m actually a full fledged novice when it comes to anything baking. Who better to turn to than Ina when looking for a straight forward recipe with a delicious result. I found her Easy Sticky Buns on the Food Network Website and got baking.   


Ina’s Easy Stick Buns
12 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp
1/3 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1/2 cup pecans, lightly chopped
1 package frozen puff pastry, defrosted
For the Filling:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take a 12 muffin tin and place it on top of a sheet pan. With an electric mixer or a strong arm, mix the 12 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar together. Put one rounded tablespoon of the mixture into each of the 12 muffin cups. Then sprinkle the pecans evenly on top of each cup. 
Now on to the puff pastry. Unfold the sheets of puff pastry on a well floured surface. Brush them with melted butter and cover with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Starting with your first sheet, roll the sheet up like a jelly roll around your filling. Trim the ends of the roll and then cut the rest into 6 equal pieces. Place each piece, spiral side down into the muffin cups. Repeat this with the second sheet of puff pastry. You should have 12 rolls now, so pop that baby into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, until the tops of the pastry are lightly browned. When you take them out, let them cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully invert them onto a plate. Be careful because the butter, sugar and pecan topping is delicate. If some falls out, use a spoon and put it back on. 

Okay, these directions sound easy enough right? WRONG!!!! Well I can’t go blaming Ina really. I should’ve foreseen a problem when my puff pastry was still a little frozen when I tried to work with it. In my attempts to defrost it, I also cooked some of it too. I know, most of you bakers would see a red flag here, but in my blind hope for success, I continued on with the recipe. I somehow managed to roll out the pastry and cover it with the filling. I rolled it up like a jelly roll and it seemed to look just like Ina had described. 12 cuts later, each little piece fit perfectly atop the butter and sugar mixture in the muffin tin pan. I popped everything in the oven and waited patiently for that warm buttery smell of puff pastry.

But alas! 20 minutes later, the room was not filled with that wonderful smell, but of SMOKE! I opened the oven door and to my disdain, there was a massive fire burning up all my hard work. I ran for the fire extinguisher. I tore it off the wall and attempted to work it. No luck. Perhaps I should’ve listened during fire safety in 4th grade. Whitney wasn’t home and I felt trapped! I yelled for Danny who was sleeping in the other room. He ran over, filled up a bowl of water and doused my carefully made creations. So the fire went out, but all my little rolls were sopped in water.

I sunk to the floor. These were supposed to be easy. How did I mess them up? Was it a puff pastry mishap? Did butter burn in the oven? I felt despair when I realized that the fault was definitely mine. Ina would be so disappointed. But then again, what if by some crazy chance, my old, terrible, worn out chinatown oven just lit up because it was tired. Yup. I solved the case. It was surely the ovens fault…maybe.

Despite looming tragedy, I decided to throw the babies back in the oven for round two. I couldn’t start another fire right??! In the end, most of the buns were too soaked with water to puff up any more. But to my satisfaction, three little guys survived!!!

The pictures you see for this blog post are the survivors of my oven fire. I’m glad to say that not only was I able to chow down on a couple of delicious sticky buns, but in an hour or so, all the smoke had cleared out of my room and I decided that the incident of the fiery oven could be forgotten.

Bon Eating and learn some fire safety!


  1. Dolce says

    Well, they don't look that bad, for rolls that have been made with partially microvaved cooked puff pastry and that have survived a fire!

  2. Valerie says

    Hi! I came across your blog a couple days ago, love reading it! As for your sticky buns, check out the website for King Arthur Flour, great recipes for countless baked goods and the EASIEST, no knead, sticky buns you will ever make, plus they taste wicked good!

  3. Helen McGinn says

    Ooh, you must check out my recipe for sticky buns, aka Schneken. Oh, that was a happy day in my life. xx

  4. Ingrid says

    Oh, shoot…..yay, for Danny saving the day! Hope you gave him one of those three survivors.

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