Infuse the saffron with the hot water for 10 minutes. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
Stir in the yeast, and the saffron infused liquid and mix lightly. Add the Olive oil and basil and mix to make a soft dough.
Turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it until smooth and elastic.
Place it a greased bowl, cover with a plastic wrap and set aside,until doubled in size. Takes approx an hour or so depending on the climate where you live
Punch it down, knead for 1-2 minutes and divide the dough about 15 pieces. If, unlike me, you have the patience, shape it into beautiful long sticks - or else you can do a quick 'rustic' looking ones like me! *half-arsed * job more like it!!!! - but lets call it rustic shall we? Sounds better!