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Keeping holiday traditions

December 7, 2015
Amanda Bohlen , MOV Parent

Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. I love spending time with family and friends and sharing recipes that are important to me. Some of my best memories come from helping my grandma or my aunts in the kitchen. It was a way that they could pass their knowledge down to me and teach me all the little tips and tricks that are never written down in recipes. One of my all-time favorite childhood recipes comes from my Aunt Marge. Aunt Marge lived out of state so I didn't get to see her frequently growing up. However, she left me with a love of all things sweet for breakfast. When I was a little girl we would get to visit her once or twice a year. Every time we would visit she would make her famous sticky buns. I would help her the night before get everything ready and the next morning I would awake to the smell of pecans and caramel.

As I grew older I always cherished the time I got to spend with her and my love of the sticky buns. When I began to have a family of my own I was looking for traditions that I could start with my children. A problem that most families face is breakfast Christmas morning. As a mom I didn't want to be in the kitchen making breakfast while my children were opening or playing with their gifts. I was looking for something that I could get ready the night before and then put in the oven the next morning. That was when I was reminded of Aunt Marge's sticky buns.

I called my mom to get the recipe from her but was curious if it was somewhere on the internet. I wanted to be able to give credit to someone for the recipe because they deserve an award for the deliciousness that they created. I looked all over the internet to find the recipe and I couldn't find it. I could find similar recipes that would use a few of the same ingredients or maybe use the same ingredients but in different amounts. I knew then that this recipe must be a winner if I can't find it anywhere. I decided to call Aunt Marge and ask her where she found it. Her response was priceless "Amanda, I've been making these (sticky buns) for 30 plus years and that was a long time ago for me to remember where I found the recipe. " I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does.

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Aunt Marge's Sticky Buns


20 frozen yeast dinner roll dough (Example Rhodes)

1 cup pecans

1 stick butter

1 large box cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding dry mix

2 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup light brown sugar

Directions: Grease a 9-by-13 pan and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Place frozen rolls on top of the pecans. In a saucepan, over medium heat, mix the remaining ingredients together until melted. Do not boil. Pour mixture over dough, cover with plastic wrap and leave set out for 3-10 hours until doubled in size (The warmer the environment, the faster they will rise). Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Let sit in pan for 5 minutes and then flip onto a cookie sheet.

Tip: If you want to prepare earlier then the night before, put the covered pan in the refrigerator to rise for 48 hours before you bake (Assemble Dec. 23 in the morning and then bake Christmas morning). You could use frozen bread dough that you've thawed and cut into pieces but it will need to be refrigerated overnight as the dough is already unthawed. This recipe would also be really good with frozen yeast cinnamon rolls. Yield: 20 sticky buns

Amanda Bohlen is the new family and consumer science educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Washington County. She received her bachelor's in family and consumer science education from Ohio University and her master's in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Valley University. For the last seven years she has been in the classroom teaching high school students' financial education, child development, nutrition and culinary skills.



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