Happy National Winnie the Pooh Day! Okay, maybe I just made that up, but it is definitely true that on this day in 1977, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was released! It was Walt Disney's 22nd animated feature film at the time. I watched it last night to relive some childhood memories, and I wasn't prepared for the so-cute-makes-you-want-to-cry ending. I love the bond that Christopher Robin and Pooh share, and even though Christopher Robin knows he's growing up, his memories with his dear friend will live on in his heart forever. You can check out the ending here, but make sure to have a tissue ready!
Things are about to get sticky with these Pooh-approved honey buns, but they are so delicious it's worth it! I found the recipe here, but made a few modifications, such as using a corn syrup alternative of sugar and water, and also removing the pecans (I'm not a fan of nuts). I also messed up the first time I tried making them, so don't feel discouraged if the same thing happens to you :) I also learned the hard way that this recipe takes a couple hours to make, since the website doesn't specify a prep-time. Between letting the dough rise for an hour, to letting the rolls rise as well once you've placed them in their baking dish, and also bake time, I would say give yourself about 2 and a half hours total to make these.
The recipe also calls to flip the honey buns halfway through their baking cycle, so proceed with caution on this part! There is a lot of liquid honey goodness in the bottom of the pan, so the dough is very pliable at this point, and it will break easily. I used a small spatula to flip the buns after I realized tongs weren't going to work (some of mine turned out slightly misshaped, but they still taste great!).
When you're ready to pull them out, they should be a nice golden brown color, with a slightly crisped texture. You'll need to let them cool for a bit, and use that same spatula to remove them from the baking dish. Voilá! Now you can enjoy a "small" smackerel of honey buns while watching The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!