A sticky bun is a sweet, leavened pastry that is rich, moist, and often indulgently sweet. It’s typically made from dough that contains sugar, butter, and eggs, making it tender and rich. Before baking, the dough is rolled out, then spread with a filling that usually includes cinnamon, brown sugar, and sometimes chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts. This roll is then sliced into individual portions.

What sets sticky buns apart from other sweet rolls is the topping. The bottom of the pan is prepared with a caramel glaze, sometimes simply made from butter and brown sugar, while other variations may include honey, maple syrup, or cream for added depth and richness. Nuts can also be added to the glaze for extra texture and flavor.

As the buns bake, the glaze becomes thick, sticky, and deeply caramelized. Once out of the oven, the pan is inverted so the bottom becomes the top, coating each bun in the sticky, sweet topping that defines them.

Sticky buns are often enjoyed warm, allowing the glaze to be at its most gooey and delicious. They are a popular treat in many parts of the world, especially in the United States, where they are a beloved breakfast and brunch item, but they can also be found in bakeries and coffee shops as a sweet snack or dessert.

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