When I got to know about this month's 'Think Spice' Event
, I was glad and overjoyed. Oh ,not because I know multitude of saffron recipes ( i wish! ) but cos of this one recipe i had noted down which was gathering dust for a long time. I cut down couple of ingredients,halved the recipe since it was my first try and then sat and worried to why in god's name did i take snaps - cos i was sure I was not going to send this entry. But out from the Oven, the loaf was not at all bad! For a first try, and for making some baking changes ( u know how results vary so much even with a small change in baking! ), it was yummy and aromatic!...
It tasted v good with tea...Of course its tea loaf! what was i thinking..Now to the recipe! This makes 2 loaves or one large loaf. You can halve the recipe for one loaf.
recipe courtesy from 500 fabulous cakes and more
Prep Time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
Yield: Makes one 2 pound Loaf
- Generous pinch of Saffron
- 3 cups Lukewarm milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 8 cups all-purpose bread flour
- 2 pkts fast -rising dried yeast
- 3 tbsp superfine sugar
- 6 cardamom pods,split open and seeds extracted
- scant 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 egg,beaten
Crush saffron into a cup containing little of the warm milk and leave it to infuse for 5 min.
Rub the butter into the flour,mix yeast,sugar,cardamom seeds (or powder ) and raisins.
Beat the remaining milk with honey and egg, then mix this into flour along with saffron milk and strands, to form a firm dough.
Turn out the dough and knead it on a lightly floured surface for 5 min.
Return the dough to the mixing bowl,cover with oiled plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size.
Preheat Oven 400F.Grease 2 pound loaf pan.
Turn the dough out to a floured surface,punch down,knead for 3 min,
then shape into fat roll and fit in the pan. Cover with sheet of oiled plastic wrap
and let it stand in a warm place until the dough begins to rise again
Bake the loaf for 25 min until golden brown and firm on top. Turn onto a wire rack, and as it cools brush it with honey
and serve it with hot hot tea :)
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