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English Saffron BreadHappy Easter!

Happy Healthy Holidays!

The exotic scents of safron and lemon will fill your kitchen when you bake this beautiful braided English Easter bread.

Saffron Flower

Recipe Ingredients

1-1/2 cups milk, softened
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons saffron
1/2 cup hot water
2 packages (.25 ounce) active dry yeast
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
2 tablespoons lemon zest
6 cups all purpose flour

Recipe Directions

Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat; add butter, sugar and stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, soak the saffron in the hot water, let cool until lukewarm, drain and reserve the liquid.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk mixture with the reserved saffron water and eggs. Add the yeast and stir to dissolve. Add the salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest and 4 cups of the flour; mix well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2-cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about eight minutes.

Lightly oil a large mixing, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about one hour.

Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces, form into 14-inch long 'ropes'. Braid the 'ropes' together and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake at 350-degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove to a wire rack and cool.

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