10 Best Pecan Sticky Buns in Los Angeles
|Sweet Jill's Pecan Sticky Bun|
Every day baker and owner Jill Pharis dutifully makes temping little cakes and cupcakes and pies and tarts, and places them gently behind glass. But it's her pecan sticky buns and their companion cinnamon rolls that are truly front and center. They rest under a cover on a warming tray next to the register, calling out to you to indulge. The rectangular portion is weighed down with chopped nuts and optional -- also warm -- frosting, poured from a pitcher either directly on top of the pastry or into a to-go container. This is Americana at its finest, not complicated, just sweet as sin and worth every bite. 5224 E. 2nd St., Long Beach; 562-438-4945.
6. Urth Caffe:
Rachael Narins Pecan Sticky Bun at Urth Caffe
The bakers at Urth Caffe have a lot to be proud of: They use organic and fair trade ingredients to make pastries that the most eco-conscious person can indulge in without (much) guilt. That everything is warming and good is almost a bonus. The pecan sticky bun was the only version we tried that had a walnut-pecan mix and was also layered with a handful of currants. The classic addition brings it to another level, with the pop of tart from the dried fruit cutting though the sugar. Unsurprisingly, it's an ideal compliment to any of their thoughtfully brewed coffee options. 451 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles; 213-797-4534.
5. The Sycamore Kitchen:
Rachael Narins The Sycamore Kitchen Salted Caramel Pecan Babka Roll
We can forgive the person who spelled babka wrong on the sign the day we took that picture. We can also forgive Karen Hatfield's team for calling this confection something so vainglorious. Because this is simply a stunning pastry. Would our Bubbie call it a babka? No, because that's a dry coffee cake and this is the opposite of dry. Would Bubbie eat it? Of course she would, with enormous relish. And you probably should too. 143 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; 323-939-0151.
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