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Aug 24, 2009 09:55 PM

Sticky Buns

I'm craving, or I believe what I crave is, sticky buns. Not cinnamon rolls, but gooey, pecan-topped sticky buns that are full of brown sugar, buttery goodness. Some say they originate in Philadelphia. All I know is that I don't think I've ever had one, and yet, somehow, I crave it. I've had that delicious sticky bun cake they serve as an amuse bouche at Jar, but I'd like to find individual sticky buns so I may sit on a bench somewhere and stuff my face whilst watching Los Angeles pass me by.

So, what say you, 'Hounds? Bakeries or restaurants in the greater L.A. area that make good sticky buns?

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  1. I've been craving the same thing. My grandma made them, my mom made them, and they taught my wife to make them. And yet, because they're time consuming, messy, and frankly, a pain to make, my wife just won't make them at my request. But maybe you can convince her, to the delight of both of us. Much better than anything found in any bakery on earth, in my opinion.

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    1. re: ganeden

      I'm actually looking for sticky buns in order to decide if I want to make them, myself. And if they match your Platonic ideal, I'll let you know.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Didn't know they sold 'em there. Thanks!

      2. I consider myself a pecan sticky bun aficionado and the ones at Urth downtown are very good.

        1. I love these myself, and make them from time to time. Like doughnuts and chocolate chip cookies, though, I prefer them to be fairly recently out of the oven. Are any of these places spots where I can get them still hot & fresh?

          1. Never knew the origin of sticky buns, but it makes sense to me that they would come from Philadelphia. Both of my parents grew up there and my entire family loves them! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of waking up to the smell of sea air and sticky buns while at my grandparents summer house on the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island -- a favorite beach spot for Philadelphians. So since a trip to my favorite bakery on LBI is probably not an option, I have to say that the sticky buns at Panera aren't a bad substitute.

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            1. re: pasadena8696

              Are Panera's even made with the requisite brioche? My memory says no.

              1. re: JAB

                I don't know, JAB, but Panera's bagels certainly aren't authentic.

                1. re: Dogbite Williams

                  As luck would have it, a few days after posting my response, I was visiting family in the Midwest who had just flown home from Philadelphia with the real thing! Or at least my personal version of "the real thing!" Definitely a step above Panera's version. However, Panera's sticky buns are much closer to the real thing than their bagels are to good NY bagels. But I digress.....

                  I'm not sure whether Panera's buns are make with brioche, but your question made me curious about whether it's a requirement of good sticky buns! I'm not much of a baker, but the baker who was chosen for Bobby Flay's sticky bun throwdown uses a recipe that is based on brioche. Here's a link:


                  However, a quick Google search reveals another school of thought -- or perhaps, just a quicker approach: