Wednesday 16 November 2016

Cranberry Cream Cheese Wholemeal Bun

Cranberry cream cheese bun is one of the popular bakery items here. I have to admit that it is quite addicting for bun that used good amount of quality cream cheese in filling.  I did come across some buns which have runny "cream cheese" fillings - obviously those were not 100% cream cheese fillings 🧀.

For this home-edition cream cheese bun, I added some superfine wholegrain flour to make this calorie-laden bun slightly healthier 😬  The buns also have been shaped into smaller size, as compare to those sold in the bakery - nice to eat, but better eat in moderation 😁. The wholemeal bread crumb was very soft, it went well with the lemon-flavoured cream cheese filling that tasted like cheese cake. They were all gone within a day 😋

Yield: 9 mini buns in a 20cm square pan

Bread maker
Mayer MMBM12 面包机

Bread weight
Raw dough weight: 406 g

Cranberry Cream Cheese Filling

Filling collected: about 180g


125g cream cheese 奶油乳酪
30g icing sugar 糖霜
1 tsp lemon juice 柠檬汁
Some lemon zest 柠檬皮削
20~25g dried organic cranberries 有机蔓越莓干

1. Leave cream cheese in room temperature to soften, or keep warm in a rice cooker for 2 minutes, and leave it in the rice cooker for about 20 minutes.

2. Cut dried cranberries into a bit size. Set aside.

3. Loosen the cream cheese, and cream it into a smooth paste.

4. Gradually stir in icing sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and dried cranberries.

5. Transfer to a clean bowl, seal with a cling wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes, till needed.

Wholemeal Bread Dough

100g cold whole milk å†·å…¨è„‚牛奶
25g cold water 冷水
15g condensed milk ç‚¼ä¹³
15g beaten egg è›‹æ¶²
20g cold unsalted butter å†·æ— ç›å¥¶æ²¹

150g bread  flour é«˜ç­‹é¢ç²‰
50g superfine wholegrain flour 超幼全麦面粉

30g raw sugar 黄砂糖

1/4 tsp salt 盐

1/2 tsp instant dry yeast å³å‘干酵母粉


1. Line a 20cm square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Pour cold whole/fresh milk, water and condensed milk into a beaker. Stir to mix well. Set aside.

3. Mix bread flour, superfine wholegrain flour, sugar and salt together in a bowl.

5. Pour the wet ingredients, then followed by the dry ingredients into the bread pan. Follow the sequence of the ingredients being listed.

6. Dig a hole and pour in the instant dry yeast.

7. Place the bread pan into the bread machine.

8. Select "C-11 Ferment Dough" function; and press "Start".  
The function, which comprises of mixing, kneading and first fermentation, will take about 1 hour 30 minutes to complete.

9. When the program stops, let the dough continue to sit in the pan for another 20 to 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, the dough is ready.

10. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Flatten it with your palm to release the trapped air.

11. Divide the dough into 9 equal portions, about 45g each

12. Roll up the small dough, pull down the sides several times to stretch out the dough surface, and seal at the bottom. Lightly coat with some flour and place on a plate, cover with a lid, and rest for 15 minutes.

13. After the rest, roll out the dough into a round shape, with the centre thicker than the edge.

Spoon about 18~20g of cream cheese filling to the centre of the dough, wrap it up and seal tightly.

Ensure the dough is tightly sealed to prevent the melted cream cheese from oozing out during baking.

Wrap your palm around the dough and let it roll within your palm, to shape it.

14. Place the dough into the lined square pan. Cover with a wet cloth and let the dough proof for about 80 to 90 minutes. 
The cold filling extended the proofing process from the usual 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

At the end of 90 minutes proofing, the inflated doughs  almost touching each other.

15. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Sprinkle some bread flour over the dough surface.

16. After sending the dough to lower rack of the oven, lower the oven temperature to 160 degree Celsius, and bake for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, lower the temperature to 150 degree Celsius and bake for about 12 minutes, or till the top of the bun slightly tanned.

End of baking.

17. Transfer the hot bread to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy ^^


  1. nice! must try one of these days..

    1. Hi, thank you 💕 Hope you'll like it 😊

  2. When is the beaten egg to be added to the dough?

    1. Hi, you can add the beaten egg after adding the milk mixture into the bread pan 😊

  3. Hi,
    Instead of cranberry cream cheese, can knead in toasted sunflower seeds n toasted black n white sesame seeds?
    Also before baking, egg wash n sprinkle some rolled oats?


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