Makes 2 dozen
Scald the milk. Add the sugar and butter. Cool a little.
Soften the compressed yeast (or dissolve the dry) in the warm water and set aside for 5 minutes. Add the the first mixture.
Add the rest of the ingredients in the order given and mix well.
Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. Shape into round, flat buns and place on a greased baking sheet, ½ inch apart. Let rise again until doubled in bulk. Brush with beaten egg yolk mixed with a little water. Sprinkle with sugar. With a sharp knife cut across in the center of each bun.
Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and frost the cross with a thick powdered sugar frosting.