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Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns

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This recipe for Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns will blow all other sticky bun recipes out of the water. Sorry. Not Sorry!

Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns Recipe

*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2014. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.

Here’s what I wrote back in 2014:

With this month’s #TwelveLoaves theme being pears, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to make.

When I realized that I had never made or posted sticky buns on my blog, I decided that I’d go ahead and make some Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns. Yep. Good choice on my part I’d have to say!

I’ve made Homemade Cinnamon Rolls and shared them with you once before. They’re probably one of my most popular posts to date. I can only hope these will give those a run for their money. 😉

These sticky buns are so good that they just about exploded from the pan during baking.

Can’t say I blame them though.

When I sampled the few end pieces hot from the oven, my taste buds nearly exploded with excitement too!

These Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns are absolutely delicious (if I do say so myself).

What I love about them is that the flavor of the pears come through nicely and they don’t get lost in all that delicious caramel and walnuts.

Sometimes, because of the mild flavor of pears, they can become virtually invisible to the taste buds when used in recipes.

Happily, this is not the case here. SUCCESS!

Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns Recipe for #TwelveLoaves

The dough for these sticky buns is slightly sweet with the addition of honey and brown sugar. Then I pumped up the fiber value by adding in some quick-cooking oats so you won’t feel guilty having more than one.

They’re actually good for you because fruit, oatmeal, and walnuts are a fantastic way to start any day!

Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns has oatmeal in the dough.

The recipe:

Yield: 18 buns      Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (includes rise time)   Bake Time: 60 minutes

For the dough:
3/4 cup warm water (110 – 115 degrees)
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
2 tablespoons butter
3 1/2 – 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup quick cooking oats
For the filling:
1 pear (I used Bartlett), diced small with the peel on
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped walnuts, divided
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
For the caramel:
1 stick butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons milk
remaining 1 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon pure vanilla

To make the dough:
-In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the honey and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.
-In another small bowl, warm the milk and butter in the microwave on low power until warm, not hot.
-In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, brown sugar and salt.
-Use the dough hook and with power on low, add the yeast and water mixture to the flour and knead until incorporated. Then add the milk and butter mixture and knead until the dough comes together and forms a ball.
-Add in the oatmeal and knead the dough until all the oatmeal is incorporated throughout the dough.
-Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in size (approximately 1 hour).

To make the filling:
-Place the diced pears in a bowl and set aside.
-In a large skillet over medium/low heat, saute the walnuts in the butter and cinnamon for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Divide the nuts into 2 bowls (1 cup and 1/2 cup).

To roll the buns:
-Once the dough has risen, punch it down to deflate.
-On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to form an approximate 12″ x 15″ rectangle.
-Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the walnuts evenly over the dough, leaving about a 2″ border around the edges.
-Spread the diced pears evenly over the walnuts, leaving the same border.
-Drizzle a little honey over the pear and walnuts and sprinkle the pear and walnuts with a little pinch of salt. (no measurements here…use your best judgement).
-Roll the dough lengthwise, as evenly as possible, making sure the seam is on the bottom when complete.
-Use a serrated knife to carefully slice the log into 18 uniformly sized slices. *Note – you may need to slice off a segment from each end to make the roll even. *see photo*
-Carefully place each slice into a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish that has been prepared with baking spray. *Note – place the end segments on a parchment lined baking sheet so they don’t go to waste.
-Allow the buns to rise again until doubled (about 1 hour) in a warm, draft free place.

To make the caramel:
-In the same large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
-Stir in the remaining ingredients (except vanilla) and stir and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved and the caramel starts to get thick.
-Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla.

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-When the buns have risen the second time, spoon the caramel and walnut sauce evenly over the buns.
-Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 60 minutes or until the buns are puffy and a deep golden brown.
-Cool for about 15-20 minutes and serve warm.

Here are some step-by-step photos I took during the making of these sticky buns that may be helpful to you when you decided to make these for yourself (and I highly recommend you do)! Should you have any questions for me, please leave it for me in the comment section and I’ll be happy to answer it for you.

A little bit of honey mixed in with the yeast and water gives the yeast something to feed off of and makes it nice and foamy. Stir together the flour, brown sugar and salt and prepare the warm milk and butter.

Use the dough hook on the stand mixer and knead the ingredients until it forms a ball. Once that happens, knead in the oatmeal until thoroughly incorporated.

Cover and allow the dough to rise until doubled in a warm, draft free place.

Prepare the nuts by sauteing them in a skillet with butter and cinnamon. Divide them in half. Dice the pear into small pieces, leaving the skin on.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into an approximately 12″ x 15″ rectangle. Spread 1/2 cup of the prepared walnuts and the diced pears evenly over the dough surface, leaving a border around the edges.
Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Evenly roll the dough lengthwise making sure it’s seam side down upon completion. *Trim the two sides of the roll to make them as even as possible. Place the trimmed edges on a parchment lined baking sheet so you don’t have to waste them.

Use a serrated knife to cut the log into 18 even slices. Carefully place the slices into a prepared baking dish. Allow the buns to rise again in a warm draft free place for about an hour.

Make the caramel by melting the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and milk in a skillet. Add in the remaining walnuts. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Spoon the caramel sauce evenly over the buns. Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes. Cool about 15-20 minutes and serve.

Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns before baking
Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns with sweet dough and caramel sauce
Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns Recipe with caramel sauce

This is an original recipe that I’m extremely proud of, and I hope enjoy it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you!

I encourage to you visit the other #TwelveLoaves bakers posts listed below to see how everyone else was inspired by our ingredient of the month of September…PEARS! I can’t wait to see them myself… 🙂

Pear and Almond Muffins by Basic N Delicious
Pear and Cherry Sourdough Bread by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Pear Streusel Sweet Rolls by Try Anything Once Culinary
Savory Pear Flatbread with Gorgonzola by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Sour Cream Pear Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake


#TwelveLoaves -September: Hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Welcome, fall baking! The month of August was all about baking with fresh, summer herbs. September is all about baking with PEARS! Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread with Pears. Let’s get baking!

#TwelveLoaves September: Pears If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do! 1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme! 2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme. 3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this September 2014, and posted on your blog by September 30, 2014.

#TwelveLoaves runs smoothly with the help of our bakers. A big thanks to Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla for hosting our event!

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and run with the help of Heather of girlichef.

Thanks for visiting me in my Kudos Kitchen. I really appreciate it!
Until we eat again,


Saturday 6th of September 2014

These look awesome - I love walnuts and pears together :)


Friday 5th of September 2014

Oh my goodness! What I wouldn't do for one of those sticky buns right about now.

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos

Thursday 4th of September 2014

These look gorgeous!


Thursday 4th of September 2014

Can I get this delivered for breakfast tomorrow ; ) Wowzers.


Thursday 4th of September 2014

I love sticky buns!