{sms} sticky buns with toasted almonds

These buns are outrageously delicious. The sticky sauce is amazing. How can it not be? 2 sticks of butter, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. What’s not amazing? My karaoke singing abilities. Yes, it was karaoke night on Friday. A group of friends went to a dive bar and we had a blast and stayed until closing time. I ‘sang’ two songs: Pink’s So What {which is the theme song for my life right now} and Wham’s Freedom {which I’ve always liked}. What’s amazing? I only drank water and still got up and ‘sang‘.

I got home a little after 2 am made the sticky sauce and rolled out the dough, which I left to rise before I left {based on the P&Qs I knew the first rise was taking ages, so I wasn’t worried about leaving the dough}. Instead of using cinnamon for the cinnamon-sugar filling I used Chinese 5-spice because I used all the cinnamon for the sticky sauce.

I got up at 7 am and placed them in the oven with a steam bath for their second rise. They baked beautifully (although they were done 10 minutes early) and I topped them with chopped toasted almonds. Next time I will skip the almonds. They didn’t do anything for me. I brought them for the volunteers (including me) staffing the HIV/AIDS education/testing booth at the Pride festival.

Thanks to Jen of Not Microwave Safe for hosting this week’s treat. It was the bomb! If you would like the recipe, visit her blog or buy the book.