I made a mistake with my first batch (totally forgot to add the yeast--Yikes!), but after cleaning up after that, I started over again, checking off the ingredients, and they turned out really nice. We took them to today's church potluck, and I didn't bring any home, and the kids asked me to make more. I did add a few things to the recipe. I added a half teaspoon of the "Fiori di Sicilia" flavoring (from King Arthur Flour), a "dash" of cloves and a "dash" of nutmeg to the cinnamon to zing it up a bit. The "Fiori di Sicilia" gave a hint of citrus and vanilla to the dough, that made it taste very much like the ones my Mom used to get at the neighborhood bakery when I was young. I didn't have currants handy, so I used golden raisins and dried cranberries for the fruit.
I'm in the middle of making a new batch and I decided to try what another reviewer had suggested: adding a Tablespoon of Vital Wheat Gluten to the flour.
I'm going to try to make the crosses from the piped sweet dough next time. This recipe is definitely a winner from my perspective.
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I made a mistake with my first batch (totally forgot to add the yeast--Yikes!), but after...