Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

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1 pkg. active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 cup lukewarm milk(scalded then cooled)

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 egg

1 egg yolk

3 3/4 -4 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup currents or raisins

1 egg white, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon water

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon. cloves, nutmeg, egg, egg yolk and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in currents and enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double in size.

Punch down dough; divide into 4 equal parts. Cut each part into 6 equal pieces. Shape into ball; place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Snip a cross on top of each ball with scissors. Cover let rise until double.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix egg white and 1 tablespoon of water and brush tops of buns . Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly; frost crosses on buns with powdered sugar frosting.

Powdered Sugar Frosting

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and 1/2 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Add more milk if needed.

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