delicious hot cross buns recipe
In small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon of the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy.
Blend together remaining sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves; make a well in center. Whisk together milk, butter, egg and egg yolk; pour into well. Pour in yeast mixture. With wooden spoon, stir until soft dough forms.
Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough; turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead in currants or raisins.
Shape into 12-inch log; with serrated knife, cut into 9 pieces, Shape each into ball, stretching and pinching dough underneath to make tops smooth.
Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400˚F.Bake in center of oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
In saucepan, stir sugar with water over medium heat until dissolved; brush over buns. Let cool in pan.
Stir confectionersí sugar with water. Using piping bag fitted with round tip, pipe cross on top of each cooled bun.