160 mlmilk7 gm (1 sachet)dried yeast600 gmplain flour55 gm (¼ cup)caster sugar200 gmbutter, coarsely chopped, plus extra to serve2eggs, beatenFinely grated rindof ½ lemon1 tspground cinnamon110 gmsultanas2 tbspmilk mixed with 2 tbsp caster sugar, to glazeTo serve:softened butterPink icing400 gmicing sugar mixture, sieved2-4 dropspink food colouringFinely grated rindof ¼ lemon
Heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat until lukewarm. Place yeast in a bowl, stir in milk and set aside until foaming (20 minutes).
Combine flour, sugar and ½ tsp salt in the bowl of an electric mixer, then rub in butter with your fingertips. Add yeast mixture, eggs, lemon rind and cinnamon, mix with a dough hook on low speed until a smooth dough forms, transfer to an oiled bowl, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until tripled in size (2 hours). Knock back, add sultanas, knead on a lightly floured surface to combine, then divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a 16cm-long bun, transfer to 2 oven trays lined with baking paper, leaving 2cm between each, then stand in a draught- free place until doubled in size (1 hour).
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C. Bake buns until golden and cooked through (15-20 minutes), then immediately brush with milk mixture. Set aside to cool slightly (2 minutes).
For pink icing, combine icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with 50ml-60ml water, or enough to make a thick icing, and beat until a glaze forms. Add food colouring and lemon rind, beat to combine, then drizzle over warm buns and set aside until icing sets. Serve with butter for spreading. Buns are best eaten on the day they're made.
This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.