This just makes a few buns so you can easily double the recipe. You can also make the buns twice as big if you want larger ones. The cardamom is there because I like it but you can easily leave it out.
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 T spices (I use cardamom seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves)
1/8 cup sugar, or to taste
1 tsp yeast
1/4 cup grated butter
1 egg beaten with 1/4 cup milk
Combine the first five dry ingredients, then rub the butter in till it's a bit crumbly. Taste it and add more sugar if you want your buns sweeter. Add the egg and milk mixture and pull the dough together, adding a little more milk if it's too stiff. Let it sit for a few minutes then divide into 8 pieces and shape into buns. Put them on a baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour. They won't double in size. Preheat the oven to 200/400 and bake for 12 minutes. After they've cooled, drizzle a cross on each with icing.