Old English Hot Cross Buns

Course : Breads
Serves: 20
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2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup light oil
3 large eggs
2 packages dry yeast
1/2 cup warm -- (not too hot) water
10 cups all-purpose flour -- sifted
1 cup seedless currants
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
3 teaspoons lemon juice

Preparation / Directions:

Combine milk, sugar, nutmet and oil in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Dissolve yeast in water. Add 2 cups flour, dissolved yeast amd beaten eggs to milk mixture. Beat with rotary beater or by hand until completely smooth. Slowly add remaining flour and currants and turn onto a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic on a lightly floured board (approximately 10 minutes). Set in a greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until light and double in bulk (1 1/2 to 2 hours) Punch down and roll out in a 15 by 18 by 1/2 inch rectangle and cut with a 3 inch cookie cutter. Place buns on greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter, cover, let rise until double in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours.) Using a knife or scissors, make a cross on each bun. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Glaze each bun with icing made from the confectioner's sugar and lemon juice. Makes 30-35 bun


Nutritional Information:

317 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (6% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 65g Carbohydrate; 31mg Cholesterol; 22mg Sodium

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