Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Postern of Fate & Sticky Buns

It's Agatha Christie week and today we are celebrating in the kitchen. Janet in our Portland office is at it again and today she's turned out yummy Sticky Buns, in opposition to the nasty sticky buns mentioned in The Agatha Christie 'Tommy and Tuppence' mystery, Postern of Fate

We got the idea from a fabulous German blog, called Cooking Through Christie, that is, unfortunately, no longer active but the posts are still on the Internet.

Postern of Fate was first published in 1973 and features Tommy and Tuppence when they inherit a house. They find old items in the house including clues to a sixty-year old murder. Despite the passage of time, the murderer still seems to be around and doesn't like old things dredged up. Things get hot for Tommy and Tuppence. I just love the name Tuppence. Just the way it sounds. 

Here is a quote from the book.
"Like some tea madam? You must be very tired." 
" I don't think so," said Tuppence, "I've had tea. They gave me tea down at the institute. Quite good cake, but very nasty buns."

"Buns is difficult," said Albert, "Buns is nearly as difficult as doughnuts."
Janet from the Portland office tells us that these sticky buns are excellent and not so hard to make as Albert makes it out to be. 

Here are the ingredients: 

Janet used this recipe from Pioneer Woman. She cut the recipe in half because it was so large. She recommends the following alterations:

1) leave out the apple bits if you are a sticky bun purest or if you just don't want apple 
2) add nuts - pecans or walnuts would work best

Janet also wanted me to make sure you knew this: 

"Last but not least....I didn't have any dark corn syrup, so I substituted light corn syrup with just a couple drops of molasses added.  Most chef sights will tell you they're interchangeable, but the dark just has more caramel color and darker flavor due to molasses/refiners sugar added during the processing ( gives more info)."

Here is the dough

Here's the dough rolled out with all the wonderful goodies on top. Time to slice and make the little spirals. 

Ready for baking: 

And you're done. How yummy do these look? Now we just need some tea and Postern of Fate

And before you go, don't forget to enter our Agatha Christie Week giveaway...


  1. OMG, that last close up make my stomach growl. Thank you for the recipe and review!

  2. Thanks so much for suggesting a half-recipe and showing these fabulous pix! I've resisted making sticky buns because I didn't want a whole big pan of them staring me in the face, but I'll try this recipe, for certain. And thanks for celebrating Agatha, too. Would love to read POSTERN OF FATE.