English Pope Ladies
|Active dry yeast||1 Tablespoon|
|Warm water||2 Tablespoon (105-115 F)|
|Milk||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Flour||3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)|
|Glaze||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Egg||1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon water|
1 Dissolve yeast in warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt to warm (105°-115°F).
2 Combine 2 cups flour, yeast mixture, milk mixture, and 1 egg in bowl. Mix thoroughly.
3 Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
4 Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
5 Punch down dough. Divide into 12 equal balls about 2 1/2 inches across. Cut each ball in half. Flatten one of the halves and shape into an oval for the body. Divide the other half of dough in two; make a round ball for head. With remaining dough make pencillike ropes 4 inches long. Cut in half for 2 arms. Press head and arms to body. (There are no legs.) Press raisins or currants deeply in place for the eyes and nose.
6 Let rise in warm place until double€”about 30 minutes. Make glaze and brush on buns.
7 Bake in a preheated 350°F oven about 15€”20 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.