Fig Pecan Sticky Buns. And our guardian tree

The first tree that meets your eye when you enter our garden is a huge thirty foot high silver oak tree. We call it our first guardian tree because it nurtures us with shade throughout the year and its staggering presence makes us feel safe, protected.  It’s the tree that greets visitors with it’s evergreen grandeur and lacy, whispy leaves. Now that the garden has matured over the last ten years, the second largest tree is our fig tree, which is quickly becoming our second guardian tree.

The variety of our fig tree is a Strawberry Verte. It sat in a lonely corner of the nursery when we first saw it ten years ago, but it’s lush, bright green leaves and beautiful limbs and branching were so impressive that it was hard to not miss its beauty. “It gives the most wonderful, sweet figs” the man at the nursery told us. “The color,” he said, “is green on the outside and beautiful deep red color on the inside when it hits its ripe stride at the end of Summer.” We were sold.

Everything he had told us was true. It’s not only grown spectacularly well to over fifteen feet high, but the it’s lush with broad and perfectly shaped fig leaves. Now this season, we can’t keep up with the fruit. Even with the daily squirrel raids and occasional flocks of birds that stop by for a pit stop.

This fig tree drips with fruit towards September when the Indian Summer heat starts to peak. Sweet, sticky fig fruit explodes from all the branches. The top branches that have grown beyond our ladders reach are feeding those masses of garden birds. The fruit that we can reach are the ones that we indulge in. And the fruit that falls to the ground feed Lexi as her after dinner dessert. Sierra doesn’t like fruit & veggies at all and she’s not even warmed up to the sweet figs. What a shame.

Roasted figs, fig desserts, fig salads, grilled figs and fig balsamic has been churned out of our kitchen every season. This is the guardian tree that as summer dwindles and fall nestles in feeds us and the garden critters (puppy Lexi included) so extremely well. The fig tree has become a permanent part of our garden and we’re able to share some of it with you today.

A warm batch of fig walnut sticky buns is what we’re sharing with you from our feeding guardian tree. Hope you make these and get a chance to score a last batch of figs before they leave permanently for the season. They’re wonderful!


diane and todd

Fig Pecan Sticky Buns

Yield: 12 Sticky Buns

Total Time: 2 hours


Dough Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) Sugar
  • 1 pkg (2 1/4 t) Active Dry Yeast
  • 2/3 c (160ml) Warm Water
  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups (225g) Flour, divided into 1 1/2 cup (190g) & 1/4 cup (35g) portions
  • 1/4 t Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 t fresh grated Nutmeg

Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (165g) packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) Dark Corn Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) Milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup diced fresh Figs
  • 1/4 cup chopped Pecans
  • pinch Sea Salt, such as Maldon Salt

Filling Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (4g) ground Cinnamon (if you can, freshly grate Vietnamese Cinnamon)


  1. Make dough. Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. Whisk in melted butter.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of flour salt and nutmeg. Add yeast mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for a minute or two for incorporating final 1/4 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is just no longer sticky (you may not use all of flour).
  3. Place dough ball in a bowl, cover, and then let rise in a warm place for one hour or until doubled in size.
  4. Make Topping. Combine brown sugar, dark corn syrup, milk, and vanilla extract in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer, then remove from heat. Stir in figs, and then set aside.
  5. Combine Filling's brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil or butter a 13x9 baking dish.
  7. Take dough out of bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Roll out dough to a 12"x10" rectangle, flouring lightly as needed. Brush Filling's melted butter over dough, leaving a 1" border on the long edges of dough. Spread brown sugar/cinnamon mix over butter.
  9. Roll up tightly, starting with the long edge. Pinch to seal seam (do not seal ends). Cut into twelve 1" slices. Evenly arrange slices in baking dish, cut side up. Spoon 1/3 of fig topping mixture and 1/2 of pecans between the rolls. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until buns are golden browned (you may need to place a piece of foil over the buns for the last 10 minutes to keep tops from browning too quickly before interior dough is fully cooked.
  11. Remove from oven and pour remaining fig topping mixture and remaining pecans over buns. Lightly sprinkle sea salt over buns. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve.
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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. djpunjab

    I’ll be coming over straightaway for one. Thanks. ????

  2. Diana@My Humble Kitchen

    Oh my goodness, how did I miss this one. I LOVE the way you used figs in this. I’m definitely pinning this one to make before the season is over! Thanks for such a lovely recipe 😀

  3. Erica Reinhart

    This sounds divine!

  4. Stefanie

    Beautiful post and a mouth watering recipe! I still in fact have a few figs left from our tree here in our backyard. We’ve had our fig tree almost five years now and of all our garden, we secretly love her the most. If it’s not the beauty, its the juicy, plump figs that get us!

  5. Kimberly at The Hungry Goddess

    Delectable and I adore the fig tree – we have them here in South Florida and I just need a backyard now! Til then, I will live vicariously through your beautiful Guardians!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    What a great way to use those figs! Your tree, your sticky buns and all of your photos are absolutely stunning. Love it. Just beautiful!

  7. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Great way to use figs in a recipe, can’t believe how tasty it looks!!


    Beautiful photos…sticky buns to die for! Would like one with a cup of tea right now.

  9. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

    Thees sound awesome! So yummy!

  10. Melissa Klotz

    The colors are so fun on these!! Yum!!

  11. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)

    Todd and Diane – you have outdone yourselves with this one! What a beauty! I can almost taste the sweet stickiness through my screen. A-mazing!

  12. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Such a fantastic looking set of sticky buns. And what a recipe!

  13. Kiran @

    I just want to say, I am so jealous of your fig tree. *end-of-rant*

  14. Jeff @ Cheeseburger

    It’s a good thing that I found this recipe while figs are still available. I’ll buy some and make this deliciously looking fig pecan sticky buns this weekend.

  15. Michelle

    A lovely combination for a sticky bun!

  16. harveys mom

    looks so delicious!!!
    my question is how do you keep the dogs out of the figs? our 2 stand up on the limbs and pick them off just when they’re ripe…..if they miss them, the birds swoop in and peruse them….when do we get our chance? great recipe, i’ll be trying to make it soon.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Harveys mom- Thanks! our dogs are not that tall *yet* to reach the branches. And the figs drop so much that they get plenty of fresh ones daily during the peak of season.

  17. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    Using figs in sticky buns is such a great idea!

  18. Shut Up & Cook

    The figs this year are absolutely to die for. I’ve been eating them with everything…on crackers with blue cheese..on pizza…with champagne. I’ve never tried them with cinnamon rolls though, so that might be next!

  19. Colette @ JFF!

    Love the fresh idea – figgy buns!

  20. Loretta E

    Straight-up gorgeous…and delicious sounding

  21. slywlf

    I am so jealous! We had to leave our two small fig trees behind when we moved to the Catskills. There is nothing like the burst of sweetness and delectable sticky texture of a fresh fig! Once I relocate to Florida, sometime in the coming year hopefully, one of the first things I will be planting is at least one – more likely two fig trees! In the meantime I’m off to check my local farm stand, who has been known to acquire a flat of figs at this time of year…

  22. sara

    These buns look amazing – I’m really enjoying this year’s fig crop where I am and this looks like a great way to do it. Gorgeous figgy photos!

  23. Emily

    I’ll be coming over straightaway for one. Thanks. 😉

  24. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal

    Wow – that’s amazing. Your place must be a lovely home, and gorgeous settings on the picture.

  25. Chef and Steward

    You guys make it increasingly difficult for this farmer’s daughter to be OK with living in the very brown Dubai. Miss gardens and farms. Lovely post!

  26. Judy

    Me and My husband have two young trees and we love them, but its really annoying me that for some reason I can’t print off all your wonderful recipes. I was trying to print this fig one and also the recipe before this for the “Pink Pearl” pie recipe… =(
    For some reason my printer won’t print anything from your site. Do you have a clue why, because I have tried Everything.
    I love your Blog, photos, recipes and garden ..What part of California are you living at? I was born and raised in California but not where we could grow gardens like you have..
    I live now in North Georgia where Apple trees are King and the fruit is plentiful, looking now for a grower up here who has the Pink Pearl apple.. yummo =0)

    1. Karen M.

      Re printing the recipes: Look to the right of the photo at the top of the recipe – right below the photo there are click-able links: one is Save and the other is Print… at least it’s there on my computer. I clicked print and there it was…

  27. @alisonlewis

    great idea! Fig Pecan Sticky Buns via @WhiteOnRice #figs

  28. LiztheChef

    I’d love to spend a day in your garden with your pooches – lovely recipe!

  29. Nicole @ The Girl Who Ate Boston

    I would love to grow a fig tree. Of course, what I’d REALLY love is a fig pecan sticky bun tree … but I’d settle for a fig tree!

  30. carrian

    Oh, you are soooo lucky!! I’d love my own fig tree, and avocado, peach, apple, meyer lemon… the list clearly continues!

  31. purelytwins

    so jealous I want my own fig tree!! love figs!
    these sticky buns sound amazing!

  32. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a fabulous combination!

  33. Diane, A Broad

    I was always jealous of my friends with fruit trees when I was growing up, particularly those with fig trees in their backyards. Then again, they always got sick of their fruit and I never did, so they always brought me bags full to share during lunch, so I benefited in the end.

  34. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love that you have your very own fig tree! Wow, amazing!

    And I love that you worked figs into cinn rolls. I love both of them and I bet the rolls are just awesome. Mmm, I want one!

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