Saffron Buns

Author: Megan
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 buns
Saffron Buns
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  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar , divided
  • 1/4 cup warm , 90°F water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 32 raisins


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 tablespoon sugar, water, and yeast and let rest until foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter, milk, and saffron in a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Let cool until temperature is around 90°F, then strain and add yeast mixture.
  3. Add flour and 1/2 cup sugar, and mix together with a dough hook until dough comes together cohesively and does not stick to the sides of the bowl.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and supple, about 2 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Divide risen dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 6-inch snake and form into an S-shape. Place each coil onto a parchement-lined baking sheet and let rise 1 hour.
  7. Brush buns with beaten egg and place a raisin in the center of each coil, 2 per bun.
  8. Bake for 15 min, until golden brown.

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