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After the time is up, stir in the salt and an additional 1 cup flour. The dough should be coming together now and may need the addition of up to 2 more cups of flour. It should be a medium-soft dough that stands up to kneading but is not too firm. Knead until silky in texture and thin bands form when pulling it apart. Let rise, covered, until doubled in bulk. (This recipe makes double the amount of dough needed for the sticky buns. After rising and dividing the dough, reserve the other half of the dough for another use.)
In the meantime, oil a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper. Now is a good time to make the sticky goo, as we so affectionately call it.
For the sticky goo: In a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter and pour off about 2 tablespoons into a glass bowl and set aside. To the butter in the pan, add the brown sugar, honey, granulated sugar, heavy cream and salt. Whisk together over medium heat until smooth. Pour into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with the pecan halves.
Once the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board but do not knead! Just spread it out in all its flattened glory. Divide the dough in half. (Knead together one half and put it into a loaf pan for sandwich bread or something; you won't need it for this.) Take the other half and roll it out on your floured board to a rectangle about 12 inches by 20 inches. Brush with the reserved melted butter.
For the topping: Sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon and roll it longways into a tidy log. Cut the log into 12 equal pieces and place the pieces cut side up in the pan over the pecan mixture of love. Let rise, covered, in a warm place, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake until an instant-read thermometer placed in the buns registers 200 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Once you pull the buns from the oven--and this is important--let them sit in the baking pan for 5 minutes or so to cool before dumping them out upside down onto a tray. This will allow the caramel to thicken slightly and it won't all just run off. You will be greatly rewarded for your patience!
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