Cornish Saffron Buns
Saffron gives these fruit buns a light golden color and a subtle spicy flavor. Good with butter.
Freezing Information: Freeze for up to 3 months.
Leftovers can be allowed to go a little stale, then be used as a base for a trifle or in place of bread in a stuffing.
Preparation Time25 min
Preparation Time - Text25 mins, plus rising
Cooking Time15 min
Cooking Time - Text20
Total Timeunder 4 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together
Recipe Courseside dish, starch
Dietary Considerationside dish, starch
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Mealbreakfast, brunch, tea
Taste and Texturebuttery, rich
Type of Dishbread, rolls, yeast bread
- Large pinch of saffron threads
- 1 tbsp boiling water
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 9 tbsp cold butter, diced
- ½ cup sugar
- 1¼ oz (7g) envelope instant (fast-rising) yeast
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/3 cups currants, raisins, or golden raisins
Preheat the oven to 275°F (140°C). Place the saffron in a small baking dish. Bake for 10–15 minutes to toast the saffron. Let cool, then crumble to a fine powder. Stir into the boiling water and let stand about 1 hour, or overnight.
Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar and yeast. Beat together the milk, ½ cup water, egg, and dissolved saffron. Add to the flour mixture and stir to make a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8–10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Knead in the currants.
Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and flatten slightly. Place the balls on an oiled baking sheet. Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place for 30–40 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Bake in the upper third of the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until the buns are light gold and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Serve warm or cold.
2008 Dorling Kindersley