Pumpkin Popovers

Who’s ready for a #virtualpumpkinparty?!

A fresh batch of Pumpkin Popovers is the perfect side dish to serve at any holiday meal.

It’s (one of) my most favorite times of the year because today we’re talking allllll things pumpkin and, specifically, these super dense and moist Pumpkin Popovers that are going to change your fall baking game forever.


This is now the second year in a row I’ve participated in the viral blogger phenomenon known as the #virtualpumpkinparty and I’m really not lying when I say it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Last year I made these sinful Pumpkin Praline Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting, and this year I couldn’t be more excited about the Pumpkin Popovers that I’m sharing with you today. Maybe one year I’ll get around to sharing a savory dish, but I just can’t help myself with all the delicious pumpkin baked goods!

PLUS, not only do you get to hear all about my tasty pumpkin-inspired recipe today, but I’m also sharing the link to over 60 other bloggers’ recipes featuring the beloved fall ingredient so, if you are obsessed with all things pumpkin right now (don’t lie, I know you are) you’ve definitely come to the right place.

So, without further ado, let’s get to the recipe!

A drizzle of honey is the perfect addition to fresh-baked Pumpkin Popovers.

First off, if you’ve never explored the world of popovers before, you’ve really been missing out. They’re basically a quicker and much easier solution to making your own dinner rolls, with the added benefit of being fluffy and buttery and dense and moist all at the same time.

They tend to lean more towards the savory side of things as the recipe doesn’t call for any sugar but, let me tell you, that didn’t stop me from slathering them in pumpkin cream cheese and enjoying them for breakfast every now and then when we had my test batches lying around the kitchen.

A batch of Pumpkin Popovers fresh out of the oven.

Speaking of test batches, I based this recipe off of a basic popover one I had in my trusty little recipe card box (I have no idea where it originally came from) but was disappointed to discover that my first batch only yielded 5, MAYBE 6 really small popovers. It may have been because I was using an actual popover pan as opposed to a standard muffin tin (you can really use either) but, after tasting said Pumpkin Popovers, I knew that amount was just not going to cut it for me!

So I quickly decided to double the recipe and I’m proud to say that, although it still only yields a half-dozen, the resulting Pumpkin Popovers were MUCH larger and fluffier – just what I was looking for.

These Pumpkin Popovers rise above the top of the pan and are delicious served fresh out of the oven.

You could easily double the below recipe again if you’re serving a crowd over the holidays, but do keep in mind that popovers are best served warm and fresh. That being said, these ones are dense enough (thanks to the addition of good ol’ pumpkin puree) that they can also be frozen or even eaten over a few days if you don’t mind eating them as pillowy soft and warm as they are right out of the oven.

The other great thing about these Pumpkin Popovers is that it really takes no time at all to whip up a batch, so you can easily fit them into the cooking schedule for all your holiday entertaining needs. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to have a big hot basket of these on the table for Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond.

To check out all the other blogger recipes for this year’s #virtualpumpkinparty, click here!

A batch of easy Pumpkin Popovers fresh out of the oven and ready to be eaten!

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A fresh batch of Pumpkin Popovers is the perfect side dish to serve at any holiday meal.
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Pumpkin Popovers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These fall-inspired popovers are the perfect, easy side dish for all your holiday meals. They're dense and pillowy and delicious hot out of the oven!

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, beaten and at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  2. Place popover or muffin tin in preheated oven for about 5 minutes to warm it up while you’re making your batter.

  3. To make the batter, combine eggs, pumpkin and almond milk in a medium bowl. Stir in the butter.

  4. Stir in the flour and salt until everything is just mixed together. 

  5. Remove tin from the oven and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each tin ¾ of the way full with the batter.

  6. Bake 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake until golden, about 20 minutes more.

  7. Cool for 5 minutes before popping out of the pan and serving. 

Pumpkin Popovers | CaliGirlCooking.com

“Boo-zy” Oreos

Boy, have I got a fun Halloween treat for you today!

This fun take on the classic cookie features a bright orange, boozy filling. The perfect Halloween treat!

And an “adult” fun Halloween treat at that….That’s right, I’ve made you “Boo-zy” Oreos in every sense of the word. Not only do they have a seasonally appropriate orange buttercream filling, but said filling is also spiked with a generous amount of orange liqueur. Jell-O shots, you’ve met your match.


Since we’re not too sure when Baby D will decide to make her arrival (we’re within the two-week mark!) I’ve decided to not hold back and start sharing as many of my Halloween-themed recipes as possible. I’ve got a few fun things lined up and want to be sure I share them all with you before I’m too busy cuddling up with a snuggly newborn. These “Boo-zy” Oreos are the perfect way to kick things off and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.

These "Boo-zy" Oreos are the perfect adult Halloween treat!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, and his TKO recipe is one of the main reasons why. It’s the first recipe I dared to make after picking up a signed copy of what seemed like a fairly challenging cookbook at my local Napa bookstore when I lived there, but I soon discovered that, even though his recipes are long, they’re not as challenging as they look.

Since I first made the TKO’s (his name for those yummy chocolate shortbread cookies filled with white chocolate cream), I’ve ventured into a few more of his recipes, never to be disappointed. I’ve made his Chocolate Chunk and Chip Cookies and used a version of his Sticky Bun dough as my base for these Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel. Plus, I’ve got a fun holiday recipe coming up next month using the base recipe for his homemade Vanilla Marshmallows. I guess you could say I’m officially a Bouchon Bakery Cookbook convert.

For these “Boo-zy” Oreos, I didn’t think twice about using TK’s TKO cookie dough as the base recipe for the chocolate shortbread, although I did venture out a bit with the filling in order to make it hold up better to all the booze I wanted to add. In all honesty, I tried riffing off his filling recipe at first, but the orange liqueur made it too thin and runny and the only way we could enjoy the cookies was straight out of the freezer (not that I was complaining about that or anything.)

A stack of "Boo-zy" Oreos ready to be enjoyed this Halloween!

For the second run at these cookies, I created more of a buttercream filling that turned out much thicker and creamier – it worked like a charm! The result was the perfect chocolate shortbread cookies I was used to with my beloved TKO’s, but with a creamy, boozy (and bright orange!) buttercream filling.

You can tell just by looking at these beauts that “Boo-zy” Oreos are the perfect special treat to whip up for Halloween. Even though the recipe looks long, if you just take it step by step it’s really not that difficult at all. Just be sure to read through everything first so you can plan accordingly. A couple of the steps require overnight (or very long) rests in the refrigerator, so you’ll need a couple of days to get everything prepared and ready to assemble.

Finally, I highly recommend that you invest in at least a mediocre kitchen scale (doesn’t have to be super fancy) for making these bad boys. Many of Thomas Keller’s recipes refer to weights instead of cup/tablespoon/teaspoon measurements and, as much as I’ve tried to round up or down to make it easy on you guys, I really have noticed the difference in using the EXACT amount he calls for of each ingredient.

"Boo-zy" Oreos are the perfect adult treat to bake up this Halloween.

Okay, that’s enough rambling from me. Read on for the recipe for “Boo-zy” Oreos and have a wonderful rest of your week!

A stack of "Boo-zy" Oreos ready to be enjoyed this Halloween!
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"Boo-zy" Oreos
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This fun new take on the classic sandwich cookie features a boozy orange filling surrounded by delicious chocolate shortbread. The perfect Halloween treat!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 20 cookies
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the "boo-zy" buttercream:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 pound (3 3/4 cup) sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
  • 12-15 drops orange food coloring
For the chocolate shortbread cookies:
  • 259 grams (1 ¾ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons) all-purpose flour
  • 87 grams (1 cup + 1 ½ tablespoons) high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Scharfenberger)
  • 1.6 grams (3/8 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 227 grams (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 grams (2 teaspoons) salt
  • 161 grams (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) sugar
Instructions
  1. First, make the filling. Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat at medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Transfer to a resealable container and refrigerate until just before you’re ready to use. 

  2. Next, make the cookie dough. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.

  3. Place the butter in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-low until smooth. Add the salt, beat for an additional 15-30 seconds, then add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two additions, mixing until a crumbly dough comes together. 

  5. Dump dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and mold into a 6-inch square block. Wrap block up in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 2 days. 

  6. After dough has had time to set up in the refrigerator, remove both the dough and frosting so they have a little time to soften up. You’ll want the dough soft enough to roll out with a rolling pin and the frosting soft enough to scoop into a piping bag and pipe onto the cookies.

  7. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

  8. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and, using a rolling pin, roll it out to approximately 1/8-inch thick, rotating the dough as you roll it to avoid cracking. 

  9. Once dough is rolled out, use a 2 ½-inch round cookie cutter to cut it into cookies. Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. 

  10. Remove cookies from oven and let cool completely before adding the filling. When cookies are cool, scoop the frosting into a piping bag and pipe a ring of frosting about ¼-inch in from the edge on every other cookie (the frosting will smoosh out to the edges once you top the frosted cookies with the plain cookies.) 

  11. Enjoy your “Boo-zy” Oreos right away or refrigerate them until ready to eat, up to a few days.

Recipe Notes

Chocolate shortbread cookie recipe adapted from the TKO recipe in Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery Cookbook.

"Boo-zy" Oreos | CaliGirlCooking.com

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble

What better way to kick off the month of October than with the most delicious pumpkin coffee cake in all the land?

A delicious Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble is the perfect baked good for fall.
This post is sponsored by Sonoma Syrup Co.

I’m 100% confident that after tasting this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble, you’ll never want to try another coffee cake recipe ever again. It’s dense and perfectly moist (thanks to Sonoma Syrup Co.’s seasonally appropriate Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup AND good ol’ pumpkin purée), studded with toasted almonds and topped with the most delicious amaretti and brown sugar crumble you can imagine. Did I mention there’s also a touch of amaretto liqueur? You guys, fall never tasted so good.

But before we get to the main event, let’s first talk about this amazing-ness that is Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup. I had never been so excited to learn that I could make my own PSL’s at home with the simple addition of this thick orange syrup made from organic pumpkin and spices. And TBH, even when I’m too lazy to whip up a full-on latte and resort to a cup of coffee instead, I still add a dash of this syrup along with my unsweetened almond milk to spice things up a bit.  Often, the PSL’s I get at Starbucks or Peet’s are much too sweet for me, so I love that with this Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup I can control how much I add and just get that perfect hit of flavor without all of the sweetness overload.


So, when Sonoma Syrup Co. asked if I’d be interested in creating a recipe using said syrup, I naturally jumped at the chance. Whenever fall rolls around, I immediately start thinking about all of the seasonal recipes I want to make for the next few months. Without fail, one of the very first recipes that always pops into my head is a Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipe I got from my friend Meghan way back when I was living in Napa and we had an annual Pumpkin Party.

A wedge of Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble ready to be consumed on a chilly fall morning!

That’s right – we had an annual Pumpkin Party! And I seriously have missed it so much since we moved to Santa Barbara. I tried throwing one on my own the first year I lived here, but it just wasn’t the same without all my foodie friends contributing (and, subsequently, all the delicious wine that would be consumed throughout the course of the evening.) Meghan and I still text each other every year reminiscing about those good ol’ days (we also hosted an annual Sausage Fest, which was another huge hit.)

Anyhow, one thing I could continue to make even as the annual Pumpkin Party faded away was the delicious Pumpkin Coffee Cake Meghan made that first year we hosted it. I knew that creating my own special version, with the help of Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup, would be the perfect way to kick off the season and start a delicious new tradition that would make me miss our Pumpkin Party just a little bit less.

This Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble is incredibly moist and dense from multiple forms of pumpkin added to the batter.

I played around with the batter a little bit, making room for both the Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup AND fresh pumpkin (the more pumpkin flavor, the better!) I also decided to sub in slivered almonds for the originally called-for walnuts and use a delicious amaretti cookie crumble topping instead of the oatmeal-brown sugar topping from the original recipe. In case you’re unfamiliar with amaretti cookies, they are a crunchy Italian cookie often dunked in espresso. Their crunchiness also makes them very well-suited to be blitzed into a topping, and their rich almond flavor is just to die for. Naturally, because of all this almond, I thought a touch of amaretto liqueur in the batter would also be just the perfect little touch to my new take on this already delicious recipe.

Well, I’m proud to say that, after playing around with things a bit, this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble turned out better than I could have ever imagined. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee (maybe even a PSL?) on a cool fall morning – the best way to ring in the season. We ate the first one up in record time, so I’m pretty sure I need to make another one of these to have on hand once Baby D is born in just a few short weeks.

A slice of Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble showcases the density and perfect crumb of this delicious fall-themed treat.

If I’ve succeeded in convincing you that you can’t live another second without this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble (or if you’ve just been really craving a PSL without a trip to your local coffee shop), you can purchase some of the delicious Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup I used here.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week filled with alllll the pumpkin things!!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble with a big slice cut out of it.

A slice of Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble showcases the density and perfect crumb of this delicious fall-themed treat.
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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins
 

This perfectly moist and dense coffee cake is flavored with both pumpkin puree and pumpkin syrup, and laced with delicious almond flavor in both the cake and topping.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 8 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the Amaretti Crumble:
  • 1 cup amaretti cookies
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
For the cake:
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup Sonoma Syrup Co. Pumpkin Pie Latte Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cups sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-inch springform pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a 9-inch circle and place it in the bottom of the greased pan. Set aside. 

  2. Now, make the crumble. Combine all crumble ingredients in a food processor and pulse until ingredients are incorporated. Set aside.

  3. Next, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl. 

  4. Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth. Beat in the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin, pumpkin syrup, vanilla extract and amaretto and beat until combined.

  5. Add the dry ingredients and beat to combine, then add the milk. 

  6. Stir in the almonds and pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Sprinkle generously with the topping, being sure to use it all. 

  7. Bake in the 350 degree oven for about 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes, then release the cake from the pan and onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake with Amaretti Crumble | CaliGirlCooking.com

Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers

Today I have for you your new go-to recipe for all your entertaining needs!

These Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers are the perfect accompaniment to your next cheese and charcuterie board!

Once you try these Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers, you’re never going to want to go back to store-bought crackers again. Seriously though, who knew something like homemade crackers could be so easy?


We’re talking seven ingredients, very little prep and bake time, and at least a day’s worth of delicious cheese accompaniments. Your holiday appetizer spread? Never been better.

I’m not sure what possessed me to try making my own crackers, it’s just one of those realms I felt I should venture into at one point or another in my cooking journey. That’s part of what this blog is all about, after all – getting people (myself included) to step out of their comfort zone and learn how to make delicious food that would otherwise seem intimidating or out of reach. I can guarantee that when you tell your holiday houseguests that the crackers gracing your cheese and charcuterie platter are homemade, they’ll be completely wowed and think you’re the most inventive cook on the planet. Promise.

A bowl of Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers.

I’m all about the recipes that seem fancy and complicated but really aren’t, and these Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers most certainly fit into that category. From start to finish, they take under an hour to make, making them totally attainable on any day of the week, no matter your schedule.

There are really no special ingredients in these bad boys, just the usual culprits: flour, salt, buttermilk and, of course, olive oil and rosemary. Oh, and a little maple syrup for a touch of sweetness! All of the ingredients get incorporated into a (somewhat dry) dough, rolled out as thin as possible and cut into the desired shape before baking. After a quick 20-25 minute turn in the oven, you’ll have a tray full of delicious Homemade Rosemary Olive Oil Crackers ready to serve to your hungry troops.

Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers ready for a quick turn in the oven.

This recipe makes enough for two very hungry or four mildly hungry guests, but if you’re entertaining a crowd, I suggest doubling up because these puppies are going to disappear FAST. The only caution I would give you is that they are best served the day they are baked, so only cook up as much as you think you’ll need. Since they’re so easy to make, you’ll be able to whip them up anytime the desire strikes!

Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers adorn a delicious cheese and fruit platter.

I hope this weekend has been treating you well. It’s been an eventful one over here at CGC headquarters, with one of my good friends giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, our fur baby getting spayed (:() and me cooking up a storm to get a bit ahead of the game for when baby girl comes in just a few short weeks.

We have our second baby shower here in Santa Barbara this weekend and are looking forward to seeing a bunch of our family and friends and of course eating a ton of delicious food. I may even see some Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers in my very near future…

These Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers are the perfect accompaniment to your next cheese and charcuterie board!
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Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

These homemade crackers are studded with rosemary and olive oil and so easy to make - the perfect addition to your next cheese platter!

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Whisk together flour and salt in a medium bowl, then stir in the remaining ingredients to form a somewhat crumbly dough. 

  3. Using your hands, mold the dough into a thick square or rectangle. 

  4. Sandwiching the dough between two pieces of parchment, use a rolling pin to roll it out as thin as possible, keeping it in as much of a rectangle or square as possible. 

  5. Once you have your dough as thin as you can get it, remove the top piece of parchment paper and cut the dough into the desired shapes. (I cut mine into small rectangles.)

  6. Place cut cracker dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges of the crackers take on a golden brown color. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving. Best if served the day they are baked. 

Homemade Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers | CaliGirlCooking.com

Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel

Yep, we’re looking forward to the weekend already.

These Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel will be your new favorite Sunday morning breakfast!

I don’t know about you, but for me, once Wednesday rolls around I’m already thinking about wrapping up my week and getting ready to enjoy the weekend. In fact, earlier this summer I took a tip from Lee at Fit Foodie Finds and tried to manage my time so that I could take most Fridays off, or at least only work half a day. Now that I’m trying to get tons of stuff prepped for when baby comes those Fridays off are few and far between, but it doesn’t stop me from spending the last couple days of the week thinking about what I’m going to do (and eat!) over the weekend – enter these Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel!


Creating a date caramel sticky bun and incorporating the yummy taste of toasted hazelnuts was another random idea that came to me with no formal inspiration whatsoever. This doesn’t happen very often (and, in fact, I wish it happened more) so when I do have these out-of-nowhere inspirations, I’m sure to act on them ASAP.

You might remember that I’m a huge fan of cinnamon rolls (like these Chunky Monkey Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Glaze and these Pumpkin Praline Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting), but I had yet to foray into the world of sticky buns. I turned to one of my favorite bakers, Thomas Keller, and his Bouchon Bakery cookbook to get a rundown on what exactly I needed to do to make these happen.

Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel are a unique take on the classic breakfast baked treat.

Now, we all know that Mr. Keller doesn’t cut any corners, so I took liberties to shorten the process up a bit where I thought it was needed and round the measurements out to those that a normal person would use without needing a kitchen scale. I of course also made my own date caramel rather than the cookbook’s version of the sticky filling and subbed in toasted hazelnuts in lieu of the traditional pecans.

As much as I tried to simplify the process for making these Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel, they are still a bit of a process. You’ll want to start the dough and make the date caramel a day before you plan on baking the buns, and if you want to devour them for breakfast then you’ll have a bit of an early wake-up call but trust me, it’s so worth it! And, I mean, if you want to sleep in a bit and not serve them until closer to lunch (brunch?) I’m sure you’ll have plenty of takers on your hands.

The dough for Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel is studded with so many delicious ingredients.

No matter when or how you decide to bake them, these Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel are uber-delicious and bound to become a new family favorite. They’re best fresh out of the oven, of course, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a whole batch of them waiting for me in the freezer for after Baby D is born.

A batch of Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel is all you need to make your weekend morning great.

While these definitely deserve to be baked up this weekend, they’d also be the perfect breakfast treat for Thanksgiving weekend or Christmas morning. And the date caramel makes them healthy, right??

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These Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel will be your new favorite Sunday morning breakfast!
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Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel
Prep Time
1 hrs
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 25 mins
 

The classic bakery breakfast pastry gets a modern-day makeover with hazelnuts in lieu of pecans and a healthier date caramel filling.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the date caramel:
  • 20 pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
For the buns:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups toasted hazelnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. The day before you plan on baking your buns, prep the dough and date caramel. Soak the pitted dates in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain and transfer to a food processor with the rest of the date caramel ingredients. Process until caramel is smooth and transfer to a resealable container to store in the refrigerator overnight. 

  2. Next, prep the dough. Add the flour and yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Mix on low for 15 seconds.

  3. Add eggs, milk and salt and mix on medium-low for 4 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add the ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, a little at a time, beating until incorporated after each addition. Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides and mix on low for another 5 minutes.

  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes, adding a small sprinkle of flour if the dough gets too sticky to handle. Transfer dough to a bowl coated with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour.

  5. After the first rise is complete, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface once again and knead gently for just a few minutes. Return dough to the bowl, cover once again and let rise in the refrigerator overnight. 

  6. The next morning, remove the dough from the refrigerator, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface once again, and roll dough out into a 16-inch square. Also remove the date caramel from the refrigerator at this time to let it come to room temperature.

  7. Spread 2-4 tablespoons melted butter onto dough with a pastry brush.

  8. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar and then sprinkle this mixture over the melted butter on the dough. Let sit for a moment while you prep the oven and baking pan.

  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a jumbo muffin tin or popover pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 tablespoons of the date caramel in each cup followed by 2 tablespoons of the toasted hazelnuts. 

  10. Now, return to your dough and sprinkle the remaining hazelnuts over the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the dough up into a cylinder and trim off the ends, pinching it together at the seams. Cut the cylinder into 6 equal pieces and place each piece in one of the muffin tins, on top of the date caramel and hazelnuts. Press your finger into the middle of each one to spread it to the edges. 

  11. Place sticky buns in the 350 degree oven and back for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden. Immediately invert onto a Silpat. If any of the caramel stays stuck in the pan, simply scoop it out with a spoon and on top of the now inverted buns. Let cool completely (or almost completely) before serving.

Weekend Hazelnut Sticky Buns with Date Caramel | CaliGirlCooking.com