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Cranberry Orange yeast bun
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Cranberry orange yeast bun

A delicious braided yeast bun with a delicate orange flavor and a delicious filling with fresh cranberries.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert, Kuchen, Süsses, Sweet
Keyword: Cranberry, cranberry, yeast bun, nut bun, orange, vegan, Christmas, bun, Hefezopf, Nusszopf, Orange, Vegan, Weihnachten, Zopf
Servings: 1 bun
Author: Verena Frei


  • Baking oven



  • 250 gr (1 cup) plant-based milk
  • 10 gr (0.3 oz.) yeast
  • 50 gr (1/4 cup) vegan butter
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) maple syrup 
  • 500 gr (4 cups) spelt flour or wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp apple sauce
  • Zest of  1 orange
  • 1 pinch of salt 


  • 100 gr (3.5 oz.)  fresh cranberries
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 75 gr (2.6 oz.) dates 
  • 1  tsp cinnamon 
  • 50 gr (1.8 oz) marzipan  optional 
  • Zest of  1/2 orange
  • 50 gr (1.8 oz.) pecans
  • 3 Tbsp coconut blossom sugar



  • Slightly warm up the milk (not too hot) and stir in yeast, maple syrup and butter until everything is dissolved
  • Mix with all remaining ingredients and knead into a smooth dough
  • Let the dough rise at a warm spot for approx. 1-2 hours 
  • In the meantime prepare the filling
  • Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead once again
  • Separate it in 2 pieces and roll out each half in a rectangular shape 
  • Place the filling on top of both halves (leave an 1cm edge) and roll them up lengthways 
  • Now slightly cut the dough rolls with a sharp knife lengthways about 4-5 times 
  • Braid them to a wreath and place it on a baking paper 
  • Coat it with a mix of vegan cream, maple syrup and some turmeric and place fresh cranberries, cut in halves, on top
  • Bake at 180°C (356°F) for about 30-40 minutes 


  • Add all ingredients into a mixer or food processor and mix to a smooth mass – there can be some small crumbs left