A traditional treat during the Easter season, these rolls are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. Hot crossed buns are traditionally filled with raisins or currants, just as these are. They are wonderfully spiced and have a subtle sweetness. These buns perfectly pair with coffee or a strong tea. They are very filling too - perfect for breakfast! This wonderful recipe comes from King Arthur Flour and makes a lovely soft roll that will have you coming back for more.
If you do not have a heavy duty mixer, you can prepare the dough by hand. When the fruit is cool, mix all of the dough ingredients along with the fruit and any liquid not absorbed. Turn the dough out to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about seven minutes and then continue on according to directions.
For a more tender roll, after you let the dough rise (for 1 hour), punch the dough down and let rise for another 40 minutes. Continue on according to directions.