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Fruit Buns With Walnut Syrup

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  Fresh compressed yeast 1 Ounce
  Warm water 5 Tablespoon (About 6 Tablespoons)
  Warm milk 12 Tablespoon (1/4 Pint + 4 Tablespoons)
  Superfine sugar 4 Ounce (Caster Sugar)
  Strong flour 1 1⁄4 Pound (Plain All Purpose Flour)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Grated lemon rind 1
  Lemon juice 1
  Currants 4 Ounce
  Seedless white raisins 4 Ounce (Sultanas)
  Egg yolks 2
  Butter 3 Ounce, softened
  Soft light brown sugar 12 Ounce
  Water 6 Tablespoon
  Butter 2 Ounce
  Walnuts 3 Ounce, finely chopped

Blend the yeast with the water, milk, 1 teaspoon of the sugar and 5 oz.(1 1/4 cups) of the flour.
Leave in a warm place for 15 minutes until frothy.
Sift the remaining flour, the salt and cinnamon into a warmed bowl.
Stir in the remaining sugar, the lemon rind, juice and the dried fruit.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast batter and egg yolks.
Add the softened butter and mix all the ingredients together until evenly blended.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Put into a clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place for 1 1/2-2 hours until doubled in bulk.
Prepare the syrup by dissolving the sugar in the water over gentle heat.
Increase the heat and boil until the temperature reaches 230°F.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 3 minutes.
Stir in the butter and chopped nuts.
Cover and keep warm.
Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes.
Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.
With a 2 1/2 inch plain pastry cutter, cut out 24 circles of dough.
Place 12 of the circles on a greased baking sheet.
Brush with some of the warm syrup.
Cover with the other circles, pressing together gently but firmly.
Brush with the remaining syrup.
Leave to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake in a hot oven, 425°F, Gas Mark 7 for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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