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Pecan, maple syrup and cinnamon sticky buns

The heady mix of cinnamon, pecans and maple syrup will have you craving these before they are even ready.

Serving: makes 12
Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Medium


  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 600g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 225g unsalted butter, diced and chilled - plus extra for greasing
  • 275ml whole milk


For the filling: 

  • 150g cream cheese
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g light brown sugar
  • 70g pecan nuts


For the glaze: 

  • 75ml maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter.
  2. Place the flour, butter, baking powder, mixed spice and salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat to make fine crumbs. With the mixer running, slowly add the milk and continue to beat until a dough ball forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, give it a little knead until smooth, then leave to rest there for 10 minutes.
  3. For the filling, blitz the pecans in a mini blender until roughly chopped. Add the sugar and cinnamon and give it another quick whizz to combine. Set aside.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll the rested dough out into a 30cm x 38cm rectangle about 5mm thick. Spread the cream cheese on in an even layer, leaving a 2cm border on the long edges. Sprinkle the pecan cinnamon sugar evenly all over the cream cheese.
  5. Starting at one long side, roll the dough up to enclose the filling like a Swiss roll. Keep it as neat, even and tight as possible. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 even-sized pieces about 3cm wide and place each one in a hole in the muffin tin, cut side up.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove and immediately brush the tops with the maple syrup. Once you can handle them, flip them out onto a cooling rack. These are delicious warm or cold.

Recipe courtesy of SuperValu

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