Flour Cafe and Bakery Famous Sticky Bun


Enjoy Flour Cafe and Bakery’s famous sticky bun that won Throw Down with Bobby Flay!


Sticky Buns — Makes 6 servings



Brioche Dough

  • 2½ cups high-gluten flour
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ pkg (3¼ tsp) active dry yeast  or 28 oz fresh yeast cake
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 5 eggs + 1 egg for egg wash
  • 11 oz unsalted butter, softened, cut into 10-12 pieces



  • 1½ sticks butter
  • 1½ cups light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt


Sticky Bun Filling

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted and chopped



Make the Brioche Dough

  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients, except the butter and beat on low with dough hook for 10 minutes
  2. Add the softened butter and knead for another 20 minutes until dough slaps on the side of the bowl
  3. Place in a container and cover well
  4. Proof in refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight


Make the Goo

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together the butter and brown sugar. Remove from heat, let cool, and whisk in the honey, cream, and water. Set aside


Assemble, Bake & Serve

  1. On a floured work surface, roll out the brioche dough into a rectangle that is approximately ¼” thick. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans and sprinkle evenly on the brioche. Roll up the brioche jelly roll-style and slice the roll into buns about 1″ thick
  2. Spread the Goo on the bottom of a roasting pan and place buns evenly spaced in the pan. Cover and allow to rise for 2 to 3 hours in a warm place
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Place buns in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 35-45 minutes. Let cool for 30-40 minutes and then invert onto a serving platter
  5. Serve with Cafe au Lait!