Truth be told the Hallmark channel has been on nonstop year round in my house. It started when I first discovered Christmas in July a few years ago and have never turned back. I can’t even imagine a world where I don’t get my dose of average American girl who lost her parents becoming a European Princess. Slightly jealous I don’t have any Christmas Eve Ball’s to go to or 3 feet of snow perfectly shoveled outside and formed into a snowman. Instead its 80 degrees and humid and my outdoor decorations are still in the garage. Hallmark like Disney gives me unrealistic expectations of well…everything. The one thing I do Hallmark/Disney style is Christmas morning. Matching pjs (of course with the dogs), elaborate breakfast spread, music, and perfectly placed presents under the tree.
Now to accomplish such a fete I start Christmas Eve with making a few things a head of time. One of things I’ve always done is make the dough for my cinnamon rolls. It’s a fan favorite so its something I can’t skip. I wanted to do something a little different this year. I usually bake them off and then have to wait to cool so I can frost. Wanting to rid myself of an extra step in the morning I thought I would try sticky buns. It being Christmas and me wanting to be extra I thought why not add brown butter somehow to the recipe. Enter brown butter caramel. I am seriously looking for other recipes to incorporate this concoction because it is that good but more on that later. You will notice that only half of the brown butter caramel is used in the recipe. So stay tuned for tips to use it up.
For guaranteed success use fresh ingredients especially yeast. Don’t break out that old package of instant yeast thats been hanging in the fridge all year. For the first time in my life I used a stand mixer to make dough and let me tell you it changed my world. Couldn’t find my dough hook since in all the years of owning the mixer I never used it so for the sake of honesty I used the whisk and the metal paddle attachments.
BH2 and I are so excited to share our holidays with you this year so give these a try and let me know how it goes.