Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns.  (Viola Crowell)

1/2 cup water
1 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. dry yeast
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
3&1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1&1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup currants

Scald the milk and add the butter, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add the yeast ( which has been dissolved in the 1/2 cup water and 1 tsp. sugar). Add half the flour and the cinnamon. Beat thoroughly. Add the egg. Stir in currants. Add rest of flour, to make dough just firm enough to handle and not stick to fingers. Toss on a lightly floured board and knead to smoothness. Shape into buns and pace in pan one inch apart. Cover with a cloth and let rise until double in size. Brush the tops with a beaten egg and bake in 375-400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Ice with a cross of frosting while warm.

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