If like me, you are too lazy to knead by hand and have a bread machine with a dough cycle, this recipe is for you!
1/2 C butter, softened
2 T sugar
4 C bread flour, spooned into measuring cup
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves
1 t salt
1 1/2 t bread machine yeast
1 C currants or raisins
For dough crosses:
1/2 C flour
1/3 C water
2 T sugar
1 T water
1. Break 2 eggs in 2-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 1 1/3 C. Measure carefully, placing egg mixture and remaining bun ingredients except currant/raisins in bread machine pan in order recommended by manufacturer. Add raisins 10 minutes before kneading cycle ends or at Raisin/Nut signal. * My machine does not have a signal but it kneads for about 20 minutes, so I add it ten minutes after starting the machine.
2. Select Dough/Manual cycle
3. When cycle is finished, remove dough from pan and punch down.
4. Grease a 9×13 pan. Divide dough into 3 pieces. Divide each piece into 5 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place buns in pan, cover lightly and let rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes.
5. Heat oven to 375F.
6. Mix the flour and water for the dough crosses and place into a pastry bag. The dough should be soft but not runny.
7. Make cross shapes by piping dough onto each row of buns from end to end.
8. Bake for 22-25 minutes until tops are golden brown.
9. Remove and cool slightly in pan.
10. Mix sugar and water for glaze and brush tops of buns.
Prepared, tried and tested by: Christl Honiball