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Swedish Saffron Bread

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Many years ago I had the privilege of attending a small gathering at Wild Oats, our small town organic market. The cook/speaker was cookbook author Tom LaCalamita, and he prepared an assortment of food from his upcoming book, Pressure Cookers for DUMMIES - A reference for the rest of Us! Mr. LaCalamita is an easy going friendly speaker and cook. That last part is important because he is just like us. A home cook who cooks for his family and enjoys good food.

Now some 15 years later, Wild Oats is gone, absorbed by a large grocery group. Our town is not as small and I have more Tom LaCalamita books. As it turns out, the man loves bread. A nice coincidence, because I love baking bread.

Use your bread machine for the dough, Swedish Saffron Bread.
Swedish Saffron Bread

Swedish Saffron Bread
from:  The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook
by:  Tom LaCalamita

2 1/4 t yeast
3 c flour
1/3 c sugar
dash salt
approximately 1/2 t saffron threads, crumbled to make 1/4 t powdered saffron
3 T soft (room temp) butter
1 egg
3/4 c PLUS 2 T milk, warmed to room temp

ingredients needed before baking:
1 egg
1 t water
6 blanched almonds - if desired
6 raisins - if desired

Load ingredients into ABM in the order given. Process on dough cycle.

When dough cycle is complete, divide the dough into two equal portions, on a floured surface.

Squeeze each piece into a rope approximately 14-16 inches long. Cross the pieces of dough in a large X on a prepared baking sheet.

Coil up each end of the dough toward the center. Let rise again until doubled in bulk, 45 - 90 minutes depending on the warmth of your kitchen or proofing area.

When the dough had doubled, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Make the egg wash by beating together the egg and water. Carefully "paint" the dough with the egg wash, and arrange the raisins and almonds.

To be honest, there was not a photo of how the bread was to be decorated, and my mind could not establish a pattern with 4 dough coils and the 6 almonds and 6 raisins. And then I realized, I'm not Swedish! So this is my way, 3 raisins on each coil and sliced almonds over all. Then it went into the oven...............


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  1. What a beautiful loaf!! I want some!

  2. I love that loaf need to try, beautiful.

  3. OMG, Melynda - your bread looks stunning - what a great initiation to saffron - I hope you enjoyed the flavour, and I'm so excited that you took up the challenge to try cooking with an ingredient you hadn't used before. Thank you so much for sharing this with Make it with ... Mondays :-)
    Sue xo

  4. Your saffron bread looks fantastic! This would be perfect eaten right out of the oven buttered with a cup of my cardamom-scented green tea with saffron! He! He! ^~^

  5. I'd rather have bread than sweets. Yummy.

  6. Your bread is gorgeous Melynda! As soon as I saw "Swedish" I couldn't wait to see what you had made, and what a bonus that it's a bread machine recipe. I love using my bread machine. I've cooked with saffron before but I've never used it in baked goods. I agree with Joy - perfect straight from the oven with some tea!

  7. Oh Melynda Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share. My gosh, I could smell that bread before I got here. I just followed my nose. Oh how beautiful it is. Oh sweetie, I am clapping, take a bow. A job well done. I'll be right over and help you taste test it.

    Hope you have a beautiful Friday sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  8. Oh my gosh that bread is a work of art. I make bread once in a while but it doesn't look like that. I have a French bread recipe that is quite good though. Family gobbles it down.

  9. Wow! This bread looks wonderful! I wish I could have a piece.

  10. What a beautiful bread. Tell me though, how did you like the taste of the saffron?

  11. Your bread looks wonderful! I love that it is made with saffron!

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  12. I love my bread machine too! Your bread turned out beautifully. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  13. Now I need a bread machine! That is so pretty!

  14. Oh gosh. I read "swedish" and "saffron" and my eyes were starting to glaze over, but then I saw the pictures. That's just down right beautiful. You are amazing. I love my bread machine, but nothing like that ever came out of it!

  15. Oh my! That looks to pretty to eat!

  16. I used to love Wild Oats we had one, and they were bought out...now nothing is there...fabulous loaf of bread..its amazing to me that the places that are selling Whole Foods natural, end up folding that who merged with them, not sure if this is the same one your referring too... lovely bread love it!

  17. That is one beautiful bread! I never had saffron in bread before but it sounds wonderful!

  18. Mmmm looks beautiful AND tasty!

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  19. Melly my love, this loaf is sooo beautiful! I got some saffron for christmas as well (everyone knows me so well in my family!) and I have been making rice with it, but bread would be awesome...hmmm missy, where is your twitter badge????? hugs! alex

  20. That bread looks yummy! There is nothing like homemade bread. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  22. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog on and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

  23. not only is it beautiful...it looks so yummy! i loved wild oats and was sorry to see it go. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.


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