Cheese-Filled Crowns

Makes: 16 crowns for $5.51. Prep: 25 minutes. Rise: 1 3/4 hours. Chill: 45 minutes. Bake: at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cheese-Filled Crowns
Yield: 16 rolls Prep 25 mins Rise 1 hr 45 mins Chill 15 mins Bake 350°F 15 mins to 20 mins

Ingredients

Dough:
  • Dough:
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Filling:
  • Filling:
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) berry-flavored cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon berry preserves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Topping:
  • Topping:
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Make It

Dough:

1. Mix together warm water and 2 teaspoons syrup in small bowl. Sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Combine remaining syrup, butter, egg, cranberries, 2 cups flour and salt in large bowl. Add yeast mixture. Beat on medium speed 3 minutes or until well combined. Stir in enough of remaining flour to make dough.

3. Turn dough out. Knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with clean kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in volume, about 1-1/4 hours.

4. Punch dough down. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Filling:

5. Beat cream cheese, preserves, flour, egg yolk, vanilla and nutmeg in small bowl until smooth.

6. Roll dough out to 16 x 11-inch rectangle. Spread filling over dough, leaving 1-inch border. Sprinkle with nuts. Starting with long side, roll up. Chill 15 minutes to firm slightly.

7. Cut roll into 16 equal slices. Place slices, cut sides up, in greased muffin cups. Snip through each slice, cutting into quarters, using scissors. Spread dough pieces open. Cover. Let rise until doubled, 25 to 30 minutes.

8. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Topping:

9. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over crowns.

10. Bake in 350 degrees F oven 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 192, Fat, total (g): 8, chol. (mg): 44, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 26, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 4, sodium (mg): 228, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.