Saffron bread

Saffron bread

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From
Scandinavian Baking
Makes
24
Photographer
Columbus Leth

Legend has it that on 13 December 1764 a gentleman in Sweden was woken in the middle of the night by a beautiful voice. He saw a young woman in white moving through his bedroom, singing. She brought light, food and wine as comfort on what was, in the Gregorian calendar, the longest night of the year. That was St Lucia. We still celebrate her coming on 13 December, when we eat this saffron Lucia bread.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
50g fresh yeast
400ml lukewarm whole milk
200g creme fraiche
200g butter, melted and left to cool a little
1.1kg 00 grade flour
5g salt
200g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten

Method

  1. Mix 100ml of boiling water with the saffron, stir a little and leave for 10 minutes.
  2. Crumble the yeast into the milk and stir to dissolve, then add the crème fraîche, butter and saffron water. In a separate bowl, mix 1kg of the flour with the salt and sugar, then mix into the yeast mixture. Knead with the rest of the flour into a smooth dough. Return to the bowl, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for two hours.
  3. Form the buns by rolling the dough into 24 sausages, then curl each into a round bun. Alternatively, you could shape each as the numbers eight or five, or other shapes inspired by Nordic mythology.
  4. Set on baking trays lined with baking parchment, cover with tea towels and leave to rise again, in a warm place, for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Brush the buns with the egg and bake for 25 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.
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