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Quick Plum Sticky Buns

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Yes, I said quick.  Really quick.  Is 30 minutes from start to finish quick enough for you?  The secret is refrigerated crescent dough, which I hardly ever buy, but sometimes it just fits the bill perfectly.  I salvaged my self respect by using really good jam, my homemade vanilla bean pluot jam from yesterday.

The jam is tart, so it balances the sticky sweetness of these rolls.  I’s bright flavor and chunks of fresh fruit make you (almost) forget that you’ve used packaged dough.

Quick Plum Sticky Buns

oven to 375F
1 8 oz package of crescent roll dough
plum jam
for the frosting:
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
several tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Spray the bottom of a pie plate (or cake pan) with cooking oil and line it with a round of parchment paper.
  • Unroll the crescent dough onto a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Lightly pinch together the dividing lines.  Gently straighten the dough into a rectangle if it is askew.
  • Spread an even layer of jam across the entire surface of the dough.
  • Starting at one end, carefully roll up the dough into a log.
  • At this point I put the whole tray in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up and make cutting easier.  This step is optional.
  • Use a sharp, serrated knife to gently cut the log into 6 slices.  Arrange them in the pie plate, with one in the center and the others around it.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the rolls are golden brown.
  • Cool slightly before frosting.
  • Make the frosting by mixing the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla bean paste, and just enough cream to make a spreadable consistency.  It should be somewhat thick because the heat of the rolls will cause it to melt down.
  • Spread it on the warm rolls.
  • Eat asap!
 Notes:  Work with cold dough, don’t let it sit out on the counter before you use it or it will get sticky.  Eat the rolls right after making, refrigerated dough does not keep very well, and it is best hot out of the oven.

If you make any homemade jam this summer, reward yourself with a batch of these.  I can just imagine them with strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, peach…

So what do you think, is it a sin to use pre-packaged dough?

Quick sticky buns made with pre-packaged dough

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    July 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I just made a pluot jam, similar to yours and I also did not can it but put some in the fridge and some in the freezer. So I was looking around for ways to use it up and stumbled across your blog. I am so glad I did!! I think we have similar likes in food and styles of cooking. Looking forward to exploring our blog! My two kids are grown now and blogging is a good way to keep track of my food inspirations. Anyway, love your site and this recipes will be on my table soon. I don’t like using processed foods either but I do use cresent dough for a couple recipes and the ease of it is so nice. Plus these sound like they will taste wonderful. I may put a link to here on my jam post, if that is okay with you. I am at

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      July 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Denise, glad to meet you. I hardly ever use ‘canned dough’, but this idea was too good to pass up!

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    shannon weber
    June 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    LOVE this! I’ve been trying to work on a jam-type bun in my head for some time now (in my head; it pops in and out), and these are exactly what i’d like the final result to be! really pretty, sue.

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    June 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

    This is amazing! I love it:)

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    Magnolia Verandah
    June 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    These look fabulous and that jam lucious – but not sure what crescent dough is? Don’t think it is available here.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    June 5, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Holee Cow! I can almost taste those purple swirls…fabulous idea. I definitely don’t think it’s a sin…sometimes you NEED quick!

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    Rosita Vargas
    June 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Deliciosos rollos y estupenda mermelada me encanta,saludos y abrazos.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Crescent rolls can do no wrong! I’ve made Nutella rolls like this and many other kinds and seriously, I love the dough! Your rolls are gorgeous and love that they’re ready fast and simple – nothing to knead or wait to let rise 🙂

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    Rachel @
    June 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Yum! Looks delicious!

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    June 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    i would say that nothing can compare to cinnamon rolls, but these come awfully close. i can’t believe how enamored i am of them!

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    June 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    When was the last time I used crescent rolls as rolls? I can’t remember. These look so tasty. Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for more tasty dishes,
    Tumbleweed Contessa

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Dang girl – you are the jam queen. Jam rolls – so creative, so pretty and I want some please!