I didn't like Hot Cross Buns very much. They looked beautiful, all golden and plump, but the dough was dense, not sweet, and had raisins. I might have liked them a little better if they'd had more icing or were a little sweeter.
When I remembered Gramma's Hot Cross Buns this morning, I looked in her recipe box and was surprised to find that she'd written a recipe card which included the ingredients and directions. The recipe doesn't mention the cross of icing or give a recipe for it. She probably used a simple mix of powdered sugar and milk or water.
The buns were my grandmother's gesture of remembrance for the events of Good Friday.
Hot cross buns.
1 cake yeast
2 Table. warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisens [sic]
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 " nutmeg
1 cup hot milk
4 tablespoons fat
3 3/4 cup flour
Crumble yeast dissolve with 1 T. sugar in warm water.
Add fat to milk and cool until lukewarm
Combine ing. add rest of sugar, spic[es,] eggs, and 2 cup flour.
Beat 3 min. add rest of flour.
cover and let raise. double size or about 4 hrs. Then roll into buns.
Bake about 15 min. in moderate oven
The image at the top of this post is a screenshot from the results of an image search on "hot cross buns" at Google Images.