For the dough:
3 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg instant yeast
3/4 cup milk, 2%
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 egg, slightly beaten
Reserve 1 cup flour.
Mix flour, sugar and salt first; then sprinkle yeast, mix.
Heat milk, water and butter until hot to the touch.
Stir the hot mix into the dry ingredients. Add the beaten egg. Stir.
Mix in enough reserve flour to make a soft dough (you'll have left over).
Turn on floured surface.
Knead, adding reserve flour as needed so it's not sticking.
Knead about 5 minutes or until elastic.
Cover and rest 10 minutes*
(no, not you, the dough!)
Making the buns:
Roll dough to a 14" square.
Spread 1/2 cup butter (approx) over the rolled dough
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans (opt)
Roll up and cut into slices
(I used one 9x9" and one round 8" pan)
Spread approx 1-2 Tbsp butter at the bottom, then sprinkle some brown sugar.
Lay the slices into the pans.
Cover and let rise approx 30 min.
Bake at 375 degrees F for approx 20 min.
After baking, immediately turn pans upsidedown and
remove them from the buns.
*Tip: If my kitchen is cool, I like to turn on the oven and let the stove area warm up a bit. I put the rising dough in its mixing bowl near by on the counter to rise. The dough should rise enough to leave a hole when you poke it.