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3 tablespoons warm water (105°F to 115°F)

1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into chunks

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/3 cup dried currants

3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Egg Wash

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon water


1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 to 3 teaspoons milk

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place warm water in bowl; stir in yeast and 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar until dissolved. Let stand 5-10 minutes or until mixture starts to foam around edges.

  2. STEP 2

    Place milk and 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is just melted.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and salt in bowl. Add warm milk mixture; mix well. Add 1 egg, orange zest and allspice; beat at medium speed until well mixed. (Check temperature in bowl. It should be less then 115°F. If it is warmer, let mixture cool slightly.) Add yeast mixture; continue beating until well mixed. Add currants and 2 cups flour; beat until mixture is smooth.

  4. STEP 4

    Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is easy to handle. Let dough rest 5 minutes.

  5. STEP 5

    Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Place into greased bowl; turn, greased-side up.

  6. STEP 6

    Cover with plastic food wrap; let rise in warm place 60-75 minutes. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.

  7. STEP 7

    Grease 2 (8-inch) round baking pans; set aside.

  8. STEP 8

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  9. STEP 9

    Punch down dough. Divide dough in half. Cut each half into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place balls into prepared pans. Cover with plastic food wrap; let rise 60 minutes.

  10. STEP 10

    Combine 1 egg and water in bowl; mix well. Brush rolls with egg wash. Bake 18-22 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.

  11. STEP 11

    Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl; mix well. Place buns onto serving platter. Place frosting in resealable plastic food bag. Cut very small tip from one corner. Decorate top of each bun with cross.

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