Cranberry Cinnamon Buns Recipe

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Cranberry Cinnamon Buns
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  1. Make dough: Stir together warm water, yeast, and a pinch of the sugar in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. (If mixture doesn't foam, discard and start over.)
  2. Put 5 cups flour, salt, and remaining sugar in bowl of electric mixer and mix with dough hook at low speed until combined. Whisk together milk and eggs in a small bowl, then add to dry ingredients along with yeast, beating at low speed until flour is incorporated. Beat at medium speed until a very soft dough forms, about 2 minutes. Add butter and continue beating at medium speed until dough is smooth, soft, and elastic, about 4 minutes (it will be quite sticky).
  3. Rinse a large bowl with hot water. Add dough to wet bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Prepare filling: Bring water and 1 cup granulated sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and simmer just until they begin to burst, about 2 minutes. Pour through a large sieve into a bowl and cool berries, reserving syrup for another use (such as a flavoring for seltzer).
  5. Form and bake buns: Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and dust with flour, then roll out into a 16-inch square.
  6. Brush off excess flour, then spread evenly with butter with a small metal offset spatula.
  7. Stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar and sprinkle evenly over dough. Dot dough evenly with drained cranberries, then sprinkle with nuts if using.
  8. Beginning with side nearest you, roll up dough, firmly but not tightly, into a log, then pinch seam to seal. Trim 1 inch off each end with a large knife and discard, then cut log crosswise into 12 slices.
  9. Arrange slices, cut sides up, in buttered cake pans (place 1 slice in center of each pan, then evenly space 5 more around it). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F while buns are rising.
  11. Bake buns in lower third of oven until puffed and golden, 30 to 35 minutes, then cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes.
  12. Make glaze: Stir together confectioners sugar and milk with a fork until smooth. Drizzle over buns while still hot.
  13. Serve buns warm or at room temperature.
  14. Cooks' note: • Buns can be formed (but not allowed to rise and not baked) 1 day ahead and chilled, wrapped well in plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature about 1 1/2 hours, loosely covered with plastic wrap, before baking.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 779.44 Kcal (3263 kJ)
Calories from fat 249.21 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.69g 43%
Cholesterol 72.13mg 24%
Sodium 385.6mg 16%
Potassium 217.71mg 5%
Total Carbs 124.63g 42%
Sugars 69.5g 278%
Dietary Fiber 3.25g 13%
Protein 11.33g 23%
Vitamin C 10mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Calcium 64.5mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 337.6 Kcal (1413 kJ)
Calories from fat 107.94 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.99g 43%
Cholesterol 31.24mg 24%
Sodium 167.02mg 16%
Potassium 94.3mg 5%
Total Carbs 53.98g 42%
Sugars 30.1g 278%
Dietary Fiber 1.41g 13%
Protein 4.91g 23%
Vitamin C 4.3mg 17%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 6%
Iron 0.6mg 7%
Calcium 28mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.2
  • 21

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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