Now that Fall is here, mornings call for something warm, preferably straight out of the oven, that is ooey, gooey and delicious. I love baking, and so my family is always spoiled with a variety of home baked muffins, or scones and now recently, these sneaky cranberry buns with maple cream cheese icing. Wow, are these every yummy. I served these as a surprise breakfast for the family this past week and they all went crazy over it. What makes these buns so amazing is that I sneaked in a ton of Smile Natural Foods, Whole Food Blend with Cranberries into it, which gave the buns a huge boost of nutrients without the family being able to detect it.
Smile Natural Foods creates these all in one blends of organic seeds, fruits and superfoods that are milled and blended for maximum natural nutrition. They provide a boost in all natural Omega-3s, fibre and protein, and as such, are the perfect sneaky way for me to make a typically carb heavy and unhealthy breakfast, into something that I do not mind the kids eating.
Nicole and I received a care package from Smile Natural Foods where we got to test out all 4 of their blends and have been using it regularly in our smoothies, yogurt and when baking muffins and cookies. We really wanted to come up with an original recipe on how to incorporate this blend of sneaky goodness and so these sneaky cranberry buns with maple cream cheese icing came to be.
When making this recipe you can certainly make it without the blend of sneakyness, but if you are looking for a huge boost without the family being able to detect it, then this is the perfect solution.
So now, let’s talk about these buns shall we. Making the dough is super easy and can be done with a stand mixer (the way I do it), or with a wooden spoon and kneading by hand, so don’t worry about that. You will need to let the dough rise twice though, so be aware at this a bit more time consuming. What’s great though is that you let it rise for about 2 hours the first time in a bowl just on the counter, and the second rise is after you have assembled the buns and they go in the fridge overnight for another rise. So that the next morning, when you want something delicious, you let them get to room temperature for 30 minutes or so and then pop them in the oven for another 30 minutes. Super easy friends, I’m telling you.
For the filling it is just a simple combination of fresh cranberries that have been blitzed in the food processor, finely grated orange peel, brown sugar, melted butter and the sneaky Smile Natural Foods cranberry blend. Everything gets tightly rolled together and sliced into approximately 12 buns. And then off they go into the oven.
And can we talk a little bit about the maple cream cheese icing….let’s just say it hits the spot. My entire family went crazy over it. It was my first time making it and it was actually my sons suggestion (someone clearly loves maple syrup). It’s really good and not too sweet. Just try it. Really.
This is such a wonderful treat for a weekend breakfast, brunch or anytime of the day really! So warm and gooey and yummy. We love feedback, so if you try one of our recipes, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and don’t forget to tag us in our IG photo’s using #sneakymommies. Never miss another recipe again by subscribing to our Sneaky Mommies newsletter. As a member, you will also receive EXCLUSIVE bonus recipes not found on our blog. Sign up today!
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 whole egg
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- Zest of 1 orange
- 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon oil for bowl
- 1½ tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- ⅓ cup Smile Natural Foods, WholeFood Blend + Cranberry
- Orange zest leftover from above
- 8 oz cream cheese (1 package) room temperature
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup icing sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- TO MAKE THE DOUGH:
- In the bowl of of stand mixer, whisk the yolks, eggs, sugar, butter, buttermilk and ¾ of the orange zest.
- Once everything is incorporated, add 2 cups of flour, yeast and salt and stir on low until everything has been evenly moistened and incorporated.
- Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining 1¾ cups flour and let the dough knead for approx 7-8 minutes until it is soft and moist and comes together.
- Scrape out the dough and place it into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover it with a warm cloth and allow it to sit at room temperature for 2 to 2.5 hours until it has doubled in size.
- TO MAKE THE FILLING:
- While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Melt the butter and set it aside.
- In a food processor, pulse the cranberries until they are coarse and small. Set them aside.
- TO MAKE THE BUNS:
- Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish (I used glass for best results).
- Turn the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a rectangle with a rolling pin. You want the dough not be too thick at this point (approx 18 inches wide by 12 inches long).
- Once it has been rolled out, brush the dough with the melted butter all over. Sprinkle it with brown sugar. Sprinkle the Smile Natural Food blend. Scatter the cranberries as evenly as you can along with the remaining orange zest.
- You will now roll the dough into a tight 18 inch spiral. Take your time with this as you want to ensure that all of the filling stays inside. Once rolled, using a sharp knife, cut it into approx 12 even "bun" sections.
- Arrange the buns evenly on the prepared baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
- BAKING THE BUNS:
- When you are ready to bake the buns, take them out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature, approx 30-40 minutes. Heat your oven to 350 F.
- Bake the buns until they are puffed and golden, approx 30 minutes. I have a gas stove and so it takes me approx 35-40 min to get them perfect, so at the 30 minute mark just keep checking on them.
- TO MAKE THE ICING:
- In a medium sized bowl, using your stand mixer or an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and no lumps remain.
- Add the sugar, syrup and vanilla extract and beat until combined and smooth.
- , Spread evenly over all of the rolls or just one!
*Slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen, Cranberry Orange Breakfast Buns