2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show Winning Recipe
These award-winning sticky buns are a sweet, indulgent treat that are full of cinnamon and pecans and topped with a gooey, finger-lickin’ syrup. They’re a Blue Ribbon winner for a reason!
A couple weeks ago, Golden Barrel Baking Products hosted a sticky bun contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Bakers from around the state competed against each other for that “sweet” Blue Ribbon award. The esteemed winner was Marel King of Harrisburg. The secret to Marel’s award-winning sticky buns is using Mrs. Schlorer’s Turkey Table Syrup. This sweet syrup is an old-time table syrup and has been a pantry staple of many local Pennsylvanians for years. Many older folks fondly recall using “Turkey” on their toast or pouring it on top of their pancakes growing up. Others use it to make shoofly pie or as a drizzle for their breakfast scrapple. (<—- another PA favorite 😉 )
Marel King, our sticky bun winner, says these buns are from a traditional family recipe and she often makes them as gifts for Christmas. I ended up making these a couple times–the first time, as written by Marel, and the second with a couple tweaks of my own. As with many recipes that have been passed down through the generations, exact measurements and instructions are often overlooked, as Grandma just “knew how to do it.” So hopefully by clarifying a few things, these award-winning sticky buns will become a favorite at your house.
This is a delicious recipe, but as is often the case with delicious food, it takes some time to prepare. So making these sticky buns would be great to do when you have a few hours at home. Just remember–good things come to those who wait. 😉 Although I’m sure it can also be done with pre-made dough for a quicker experience.
This is a yeast-based dough, so allowing the dough to rise is very important. This will make your buns lighter and airier in texture instead of tough and dense. After letting the dough rise an hour or so in the bowl, you also let it rise after it’s cut and placed on the syrup in the baking dish. Just look at how much the dough puffed up and out!
This is what they look like fresh out of the oven. You wait a few minutes to turn them over…
and viola! Sticky bun heaven.
Quite possibly the hardest part about this whole thing is waiting long enough for them to cool down to enjoy!
Seriously, you guys, these pecan sticky buns are well worth the effort. So if you’re wanting to put a smile on a loved one’s face, this is a great start. Blue Ribbon Pecan Sticky Buns…bound to be loved by children of all ages.
On another note, we here in PA are pretty excited about this weekend. Our Philadelphia Eagles have made it to the Super Bowl! I just happened to have a vintage Eagles glass that I had to dust off for this very occasion. So here’s to the Eagles and sticky buns! Hey that sounds like a winning combination to me. 😉
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.