Friday, October 21, 2011

Hot Harvest Buns...

These remind me of Hot Cross Buns but a little denser with all of the grains and seeds. The orange and cranberry set these off but they would be good with a little less cranberries as a Thanksgiving dinner roll as well ...(minus the frosting).
But if you're looking for a little whole grain goodness with a little sweetness, these are perfect!
1 T yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
zest and juice of one orange
1/2 t salt
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 cup dried chopped cranberries
1/2 to 3/4 cup plain flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until dough is workable.
Cover for 30 minutes in a warm area. Knead gently on lightly greased/sprayed counter.Pinch
dough off and roll in balls and place in approx. 9X9 baking dish. Place in warm oven to rise.
This dough is a little heavy so your rising time may be longer, about an hour. Once rolls are nearly
doubled, remove from oven and preheat to 350. Bake approx. 20 to 22 minutes until tops are

Frosting- Cream cheese is perfect for these or a simple powdered sugar glaze. Here I used about 4oz of cream cheese and beat with sweetened condensed milk.That combination gives the frosting an almost chewy texture.

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Joy said...

These look absolutely WONDERFUL!! You never cease to amaze me, these will be on my menu plan for next week, they look delicious and healthy! Thank you so much for all your recipes I really do appreciate all the hard work you put into your blog to help others out! You are a blessing!

Donna said...

Thank you Joy!- You're a blessing too!

If you make them- it'd be good if you had the wood stove going ;-) they need a boost rising!

Anonymous said...

How would I make this without the milk and flax? I need a non dairy frosting too.

Donna said...


Leaving out the milk would be no problem. The flax probably wouldn't either and it would make them a little less dense. Just use a little more of one of the flours if necessary. :-)

Donna said...

Non-dairy frosting:
You could blend cream cheese and/or powdered sugar with any other form of "milk" (coconut, almond, rice, etc). Water would even work with the powdered sugar, but if you do use just water, you may want to cream it with some sort of fat first.

Also consider using orange juice for the liquid in your frosting. I started to do that this would be VERY good!