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Cinnamon Pear Buns with Honey Bourbon Sauce

Cinnamon Pear Buns are a cross between cinnamon buns and homemade apple pie.  These two American comfort foods combined together are a delight at any breakfast table or even for dessert.
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Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 pears , diced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick melted butter (4 tablespoons)

Honey Bourbon Sauce ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Work the shortening into the dry ingredients quickly with your hands then add the buttermilk without overworking.
  • In a small bow, mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Cover the rectangle with the diced pears leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the pears. Beginning at the end farthest from you(this should be the long end of the roll), roll the rectangle towards you then cut the log into eight 1 inch slices.
  • Butter a baking dish and place the cinnamon rolls into the dish. Distribute the melted butter equally over the top of the buns and place them in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the bourbon sauce by combining the honey, juice of one orange, bourbon, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat sauce over medium heat and reduce by about a third. This should take 10 minutes. Stir mixture often.
  • Remove the buns from the oven and serve with warm sauce.
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