Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Reduced Fat Version of Magnolia Bakery’s Raspberry Cream Cheese Buns

Raspberry Cream Cheese Buns are the most popular breakfast item sold in the famous New York Magnolia Bakery. For this reason, these buns are instinctively in my must-bake list.

I'm curious too thinking..."Can these yummy buns be still yummy being fat-reduced? For this bake and my curiosity, I have replaced the cream cheese with extra light ones, the butter with Alfa one rice bran spread (with less saturated fat) and the normal raspberry jam with the low sugar weight-watchers one.

Surprise! Surprise! These reduced fat buns are still very tasty. They are moist and creamy with a good balance of nice cheesy taste. If I'm not the baker, I wouldn't know that these buns have been fat-reduced...


Here's the recipe from the complete Magnolia Bakery cookbook (with my modification in blue)

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (I replace this with baking powder)
1/4 tsp salt
8 ounce cream cheese, softened (I replace this with 160g extra light cream cheese)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (I replace this with 125g Alfa one rice bran spread)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (plus a tiny drip of vanilla paste - I could resist adding this)
1/2 cup raspberry preserves (I replace this with the weight watchers one)
Confectioners’ sugar (if desired)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease and lightly flour 9 bun pans or large muffin cups. (I use cupcake liners to line 12 standard muffin cups)

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and sugar until smooth in a large bowl, about 3 minutes.

Add the eggs and beat well. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Drop 3 small dollops (about a teaspoonful each) of raspberry preserves onto the top of each bun and, using the tip of a sharp knife, swirl the preserves into the batter, forming a decorative pattern. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the bun comes out clean. (I bake mine at 170°C fan forced for 15 min)

Allow the buns to cool for about 30 minutes before dusting with confectioners’ sugar and serving.

Happy Baking
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  1. i made this before n i really love d taste..hmmmm, can i have one? hehe

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    regards Akheela

  3. Looks more like cupcakes or muffins to me! I wonder these are called buns? No matter what you called them though, they look delicious! A big bonus for being healthy too:)

  4. Errr...I am salivating here already! Still yet preparing my lunch. Guess, I have to go now. Can you make a delivery half a dozen to my place? haha...
    Have a great day, dear.

  5. Looks really good! Visiting blogs are this late hour is dangerous as it is making me very hungry :) If only I can have a couple of these with a cup of tea...yumm!

  6. I too agree with Jeannie, looks more like muffins. But they do look delicious and the plus point is that they're more healthy!

  7. Salivating badly here! Lovely and delicious :)

  8. zoe, i can see how delicious they are! you are really a weight watcher and i guess you must be looking very fit!

  9. Totally mouth watering! Great photography! Thanks for sharing the lovely recipe!

  10. Ooo! I'm near Magnolia every Sunday but have never tried these. The low fat option is nice too.
    BTW, what race are you prepping for? (email me at :)

  11. Sure looks good! You'd never know that they are a healthier version:)

  12. This looks so soft and delicious! Your low-fat version is great! I have nothing for breakfast today, just a cup of coffee and wishing I have these alongside my coffee! :)

  13. wow look so moist and yummy - thks for sharing! :)

  14. Looking at these I'd never imagine that you had made them healthier! They look so rich and delicious! :) I'm always looking for ways to lighten up treats- that way I don't feel so bad about indulging.

  15. MMmmm....these look really good!! Can't wait to try them - cream cheese and jam are one of my favorite combinations!

  16. I love how you healthified this treat but still kept its delicious decadence.

  17. ive always wanted to try a magnolia bakery recipe too!

    hmmm def less guilty eating a reduced fat also one to substitute ingredients with something less artery clogging and hoping they still taste as good! good to hear that they're still delicious :D

  18. It's so tempting! Gorgeous recipe! I am making this soon!

  19. loves this recipe! had bake this it is so soft and yummy