Hot Cross Buns
1 package (2 1/4 tsp.) yeast
1 Tbsp. plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup raisins or candied fruit
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 to 3 3/4 c. flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. butter, softened
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 to 3 tsp. milk
Dissolve yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar in warm milk. Make sure it isn't any warmer than 110 degrees. Let stand 5 minutes. Add butter, raisins (or candied fruit), egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
Knead 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Punch down; divide into 12 pieces. Shape into balls. Placce in greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Let rise for 45 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove to rack to cool.
While buns are cooling, combine the icing ingredients. Using a decorating tip, pipe an "X" on each bun.
Adapted from: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/22254/hot+cross+buns