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Pear Cranberry Sticky Buns- #TwelveLoaves

Pear Cranberry Sticky Buns

I love to plan ahead and surprise my family with fluffy rolls for breakfast. I love to bake cinnamon rolls and probably could have a tray each Sunday morning. But, that isn’t reality! So in honor for #TwelveLoaves September Pear challenge (and to find a good excuse to bake some buns!), I baked these lovely Pear Cranberry Sticky Buns.

What is the difference between your typical buns and sticky buns…well, the sticky part, of course!

You could make these as sticky as you’d like. I always lean towards less in stickiness…but I did have extra glaze on the side to pass on to my friends that I shared these with. Because they were looking for MORE STICKINESS!
Pear Cranberry Sticky Buns

#TwelveLoaves -September: Hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Welcome, fall baking! The month of August was all about baking with fresh, summer herbs. September is all about baking with PEARS!  Let’s share flat breads, rolls, buns, grilled breads-whatever sweet or savory version you’d like and whatever you feel reflects summer flavors! Whatever you bake, (yeasted, quick bread, crackers, muffins, braids, flatbreads, etc) have fun and let’s have a delicious month of bread for Pears. Let’s get baking!

#TwelveLoaves September: Pears

Look at the wonderful pear breads the #TwelveLoaves bakers have created!

Asian Pear Muffins by NinjaBaking

Pear and Almond Muffins by Basic N Delicious

Pear and Cherry Sourdough Bread by Karen's Kitchen Stories

Pear and Walnut Sticky Buns by Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Pear, Banana, and Quinoa Muffins by Rhubarb and Honey

Pear Cranberry Sticky Buns by Cake Duchess

Pear Streusel Sweet Rolls by Try Anything Once Culinary

Savory Pear Flatbread with Gorgonzola by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Sour Cream Pear Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Spiced Buttermilk Poached Pear Bread by girlichef

Turkish Pear Coffee Bread by A Shaggy Dough Story

 I just get giddy when the temps drop a little. I have to say, they haven’t dropped even minimally here and it was a challenge to get into the mood and bake a yeast type of a bread. But the smell of these sticky buns baking reminded me it was definitely worth the extra work!

The dough is such a great dough recipe…very easy to put together. I thought of adding the cranberries to the filling instead of raisins. My kids aren’t crazy about raisins in my baking…they prefer chocolate chips! I didn’t add chopped pecans to the filling, but if you love pecans, you could certainly sprinkle some in! I sprinkled some on top after I added the sticky glaze. I didn’t add the whole amount of the glaze, because it’s too sugary for us…but I did reserve on the side and saved it for our friends that we shared some rolls with (they were thrilled for extra glaze!).

I’m thinking of this filling again…and I’m thinking of cakes and pies with pears! Oh, I love baking with pears!

Can’t wait to see what you inspired bread bakers come up with! Happy baking!

Pear Cranberry Sticky Buns
  1. for the dough
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1 (1/2 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  4. 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
  5. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/4 cup unsalted butter plus 1 Tablespoon (reserve 1 Tbsp for brushing the rolls), melted
  8. 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. Filling
  11. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened plus 1 Tablespoon
  12. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  13. 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  14. 3-4 tablespoons cinnamon (depending on how much cinnamon you like)
  15. 2 pears, peeled and chopped in small pieces
  16. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  17. 1 Tablespoon jam (whatever flavor you like, to cook the pears in)
  18. glaze
  19. 4 Tablespoons butter
  20. 1/4 cup cream
  21. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  22. 1/4 cup honey
  23. dash of salt
  24. 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped –optional
  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Meanwhile, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a large bowl.
  2. Add 1 T of the sugar and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Beat in the remaining 2 T sugar, eggs and butter. Beat in cooled milk. Gradually add the flour and salt, scraping down side of bowl, until a soft dough forms.
  4. Turn dough onto a floured work surface and knead the remaining flour into the dough, adding more flour if too sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes until smooth. The dough will be soft.
  5. Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Coat two 9-inch round baking pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms with waxed paper; coat paper with spray.
  7. Prepare Filling-
  8. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt 1 Tablespoon butter. Cook the pears until tender. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of jam (you could use whatever jam flavor you like...I used apricot.).Sprinkle on the dried cranberries. Stir to mix and set aside.
  9. Mix butter, both kinds of sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-size bowl.
  10. Punch down dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread the butter-sugar mixture over the dough.
  11. Sprinkle on the pears and cranberries. Starting on one long side roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch seam to close. Cut crosswise into 12 generous 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  12. Arrange 6 pieces, cut-side down, in each prepared pan.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm spot until buns double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  14. Or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the following morning.
  15. Heat oven to 350°F.
  16. Uncover pans and bake buns until they are golden-brown and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes.
  17. Glaze-while rolls are baking, prepare the glaze. Melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cream, honey and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until glaze is golden brown and glossy (3-4 minutes).
  18. When rolls have finished baking, remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack; let cool 10 minutes.
  19. Drizzle on glaze and sprinkle chopped pecans, if you're using them


  1. Your sticky buns look sensational, Lora! I need to break out my yeast now that September has arrived :)

  2. Oh, I am the same way. When the air gets a bit crisp, I come alive! These sticky buns are absolutely perfect, my family would devour them.

  3. Gorgeous sticky buns Lora. I like a lot of stickiness so pass me the extra on the side.

  4. Great minds think alike this month I see. LOL Your buns look delicious, Lora. Love the cranberry/pear combo!

  5. Lora, I love fruit in sticky buns and the stickier, the better!!! yum! I'll be back in november!! It's been a crazy summer! Kids are back to school today, woot woot!!

  6. Love that you baked these lovely sticky buns in a skillet, Lora! And, as far as I am concerned, pecans are never optional. They are my absolute favorite nut.

  7. I love that filling, they look so soft and scrumptious!

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  9. I absolutely adore sticky buns! A version with pears and cranberry sounds out of this world!

  10. Now these are a delicious reason to wake up on a Sunday morning! I am sure your family enjoyed this special treat of sticky buns. I sure would!

  11. You can even make a sticky bun look elegant, Lora! What a good mommy that you are to not encouraging extra sweet sauce =)

  12. I would imagine your house always smells of fresh baked goodies! Being a fan of yours for a long time, I am impressed by these sticky buns! Tay still has her braces so sticky needs to be moderated (or if her orthodontist is reading this, that should read "eliminated"!) I can go for any level of sticky, especially with rolls like these. Gorgeous!

  13. I love these so much! And my kids would go crazy for these too :)

  14. Wonderful sticky buns!!! Love the fruit combination and I can't decide if I'll have it for breakfast or dessert. Okay, both.

  15. These sticky buns look wonderful and I can so relate on the drop in temperature. I was in NYC over the weekend and 75 degrees felt so fall-like compared to Miami.

  16. These look sooo good. Pears and cranberries are one of my favorite combos. You can never go wrong with either. Can't wait to try these one weekend morning.

  17. Yum!!! Love the photos! The photos of the pears was so pretty. Love the combination of pear and cranberry. So perfect for the upcoming season.

  18. I love sticky buns (with less "sticky" as well) and your pear and cranberry filling sounds delicious. The dough recipe for these is a new one to me and I'll be giving it a try sometime.

  19. Why haven't they figured out how to make smells come out of our computers yet? Because I'm imagining just how heavenly these must smell (and taste)!

  20. oh my goodness, I totally want to eat these! Love those fall flavors.

  21. I wish I could get myself organized enough to plan ahead for sticky buns/cinnamon buns too, Lora. It never happens, lol. I totally should plan ahead and make your beautiful version. These photos are gorgeous, as are your buns ;) Fall is my favourite season so I'm actually really happy the summer is coming to an end. I've already started filling my house with autumn-y decorations. Next up is baking with pears.

  22. I love sticky buns and the flavors you have with these ones are drool worthy.

  23. Oh Lora, this looks wonderful!! So beautiful and you picked out the prettiest pears I've ever seen for this. I must make this soon! Pinning!

  24. Pinned. Just gorgeous. Mannaggia che voglia ; )

  25. Beautiful sticky buns, I'd love one with my morning coffee!

  26. Those are some tasty looking buns :)

  27. Mmmm I haven't made cinnamon buns for ages and it really is the season to start. I love the addition of autumn fruit and dried cranberries! Although pears and chocolate chips work together too! A great recipe!

  28. Wow, this is such a great combo! I've never made sticky buns, but these might just change my mind.