Hot Cross Buns
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 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.