Hot Cross Buns

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Ingredients (makes 12 buns and takes 2 hours to make)

4 cups flour
1.75 tsp of yeast
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 zest of lemon
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup green grapes
1 cup low fat milk, warm
1 egg, beaten
3.5 tsp butter
2 tbsp butter, melted

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, fruit, and lemon zest. Then, add the milk, egg, and butter. Stir until the dough becomes soft. Knead the dough for 5 minutes of a lightly floured surface. Place dough back in the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Put the bowl of dough in a warm location for 1 hour.

2. Cut the dough into 12 pieces and form round balls with each piece. Place the balls on a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Take a knife and carve a cross on top of each bun. Cover the buns with a damp towel again and let rest for 30 minutes in a warm location.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Brush the buns with honey as soon as they come out of the oven. Serve warm.

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