Did you know that comfort can fit in your hand? If you need some, make these raisin buns with cinnamon, cloves and brandy.
Place milk, butter, yeast, brandy and sugar in the bowl of your mixer and mix.
Using a spoon, stir together the flour, cloves, cinnamon, salt, orange zest and raisins in another bowl.
Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and mix on medium speed using the dough hook for 5-8 minutes, until you have a smooth dough.
Transfer the dough to a greased bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and set it aside to rise for about an hour.
Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Split your dough into 8-10 pieces and shape them as you prefer (you can try twists, braids, regular buns, or something else). Transfer them to the baking sheets, carefully cover them with a tea towel, and let rise for another hour.
Preheat your oven to 180°C, on the fan setting.
Brush your buns with beaten egg yolk, and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let your buns cool on a cooling rack.
This recipe was previously published in Greek at gastronomos.gr.
500 g all-purpose flour
300 ml fresh milk
50 g butter, melted
2 tbsp. dry yeast
1 tbsp. brandy
70 g sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
a touch of salt
zest from 1 orange
60 g black Corinthian raisins
1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 tbsp. water