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Johannah Bryson coverHello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Johannah Bryson, and her recipe for Shelby’s Caramel Cinnamon Sticky Buns along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, Lake Effect. Please join me in welcoming Johannah and savor her recipe for Caramel Cinnamon Sticky Buns as you read about her new book! 


Shelby’s Caramel Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Prep = 40 min

Rise =   2 hrs

Bake = 30 min

Yield = 15


3.5 to 4 cups all-purpose or bread flour

1/3  cup granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

4.5 tsp yeast (2 pkgs)

1 cup warm milk

¼ cup real, unsalted butter

1 large egg

Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, salt and yeast. Add warm milk, ¼ cup butter and egg. Beat with electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Beat on medium for 1 minute, scraping frequently. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead about 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Grease large bowl with butter. Place dough in bowl, turning to cover all sides. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place until doubled. About an hour and a half.  It’s ready if you poke it and the indentation stays.


1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter, softened

¼ cup corn syrup

1 cup pecan halves (walnuts work too)

In a 2-qt saucepan, heat the brown sugar and butter to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the corn syrup. Pour into 2, 8” ungreased cake pans and sprinkle pecans on top.


½ cup chopped pecans or raisins (both are optional)

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp, softened, unsalted butter

Mix the first 3 ingredients and set aside. Keep butter on the side in a small bowl.

Gently push down the dough to deflate. Flatten with hands or rolling pin into a 15 x 10” rectangle on a lightly floured surface.

Spread w/ the butter and sprinkle with the filling. Roll up tightly from the long side to the other long side. Pinch the edges to seal. Stretch and shape until even.

Using a serrated knife, cut into fifteen 1 inch slices. Place them on top of the caramel pecan mixture in cake pans, placing slightly apart.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2-3 minutes then carefully put a plate on top and flip out the rolls. Take cake pan off right away and allow the caramel to drip over the top and sides. Serve.


Shelby Aylesworth knows what real love feels like. She also knows the pain of losing that kind of love. With her faithful collie, Norman, she takes refuge on Whiskey Island to ease her pain and try to put her life back together. When Norman arranges a most unusual introduction to the to the island’s newest resident, Shelby finds herself wondering if it isn’t time to stop grieving and start living.

Wyeth Packard has come to Whiskey Island under the guise of restoring and making profitable an old vineyard and manor house. What he really wants is some peace and quiet away from the fast pace of NYC. Being considered one of the city’s most eligible has thrown him into the path of every gold digging society princess out there. He longs to find a balance but has given up on ever finding a woman who will love him for who he is, not what he has.

Together they navigate the slippery slope of what it means to begin again. Can a new love fill the void left by an old love? Can a simple country girl hold up to the glamor of New York City’s high society?

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Meet Johannah:

Johannah Bryson lives in NE Ohio with the hero of her real life. Together they’ve raised a son, a daughter, and a fair number of collie dogs over the past 32 years. She is a Certified Personal Chef who enjoys the local food scene as well as the many local markets around town. They love to support their locally run businesses as well as follow their local favorite musicians at bars and festivals.

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Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipes! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and pick up a new book!