Holly Haines' Black Sesame Sticky Buns
The second of 2 'Bittman Bread' cinnamon roll spinoffs
Here we’ve got Holly Haines’ amazing black sesame sticky buns — a spinoff from Bittman Bread cinnamon rolls. The first inspiration, Kerri’s King cake, can be found here and the foundational cinnamon roll recipe is available to members.
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At the beginning of the pandemic, when most people decided to learn about bread, I took a hard left and taught myself how to make puff pastry, and what a delicious time that’s been.
I’m a little late to the game, but I’m here now and excited to finally learn more about sourdough. The feeling I got as a kid playing with science sets and microscopes, is the same feeling I get watching the science that is the Bittman Bread starter. I know all I did was mix together flour, water, and yeast but that simple act made me feel like an absolute Food God. I’ve named my starter "Dough’sephine Baker" because there’s nothing I love more than a food pun that’s so bad it makes you groan.
Also, watching and feeling the texture of the dough change with each fold? Very gratifying. Every time I pulled the dough out of the bowl, I squealed with delight. It looked like the picture. It felt like the descriptions. And, most important, it was easy and gave me a sense of accomplishment. I’m an instant gratification kind of girl, so completing small goals along the way of a three- to four-day process is helpful.
For my first bake from Bittman Bread, I decided to go straight for the cinnamon rolls. And, because I don’t know how to leave anything alone, I added a little sticky bun twist. Pecans, walnuts, pepitas, almonds, or your favorite nut would work nicely here, but I love a black sesame seed moment in a dessert so that’s what I used.
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