This recipe employs the technique of steeping saffron in hot liquid to release its color and aroma, which adds a wonderful, mellow flavor to this bread. Saffron breads are a tradition in southwestern England and throughout many Nordic countries, especially Sweden and Finland. Serve toasted or plain with honey for a special holiday breakfast or brunch.
I lived in Sweden for a year, where saffron bread is fairly common. I haven't tried to make it before I came to this recipe. This makes wonderful, flavorful, tender bread. It's hard to keep from eating a whole loaf at one sitting!