Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Saffron Buns

Saying for the Day- There are few things in this world as good as a saffron bun.
One of my saffron bun receipes

1 egg
3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup margarine
2/5 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed saffron

2-1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon water
Add the first 9 ingredients to machine according to manufacturer's dough cycle directions. When cycle is complete, remove dough from pan. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 24 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into traditional shapes.
Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise about 3 minutes or till nearly double. Mix egg and water; brush onto buns. Place a raisin in the center of each coil. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes or till golden. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 buns.

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run and soldiers sit on the main street– Day five of “The Occupation” as named by Mrs. Trumble .Despite all of her requests the General in charge has not seen fit to explain anything to the good Mayor. Nobody knows why the soldiers are here or why they can’t leave the town.
Mrs. Schmidt is now sure her dream trip to Hawaii is off. If you can’t get out of Pigeon Falls then you can’’t get to Hawaii. She is also worried because her children call every day and of course they haven’t been able to call since this whole weird thing began. She is beginning to believe that it was done just to keep her from going.
Toivo and Eino haven’t told anybody about their trip out. For the moment they are keeping secret whatever it is that they saw.
The train comes in every day and brings supplies just as it always has only now it is guarded by soldiers. They unload everything and check it over. One wonders if they are looking for a bomb . They are from Homeland Security after all.
Nancy, whose coffee is back up to $.50 is running out of saffron.. She used a lot on St. Lucia’s day which was December 13. Saffron buns are part of the celebration of that day. Now she can’t order any more saffron with no telephone or internet connection. She could of course order it snail mail. But she is not sure that the mail the soldiers are taking is actually being sent. They have only the General’s word on that.
Will this “occupation” ever end. What about Christmas? What did Eino and Tommy see? Where is the dragon when you need him?

Link for today-Crazy Mad Englishwoman- Remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comments to get those crazy JCPOINTS. Check HERE for your total. The prizes can bbe seen HERE.
If you want a great explanation of where we got the tradition of the Christmas Tree from then goto Lazy Blogger. He explains it today.
We are doing a special Wednesday drawing this morning to give away the rest of the Christmas prizes. No choices. winner gets all the Christmas ones.

Betty has drawn.

The winner is


Congratulations Starbender. Starbender had 425 chances of being drawn as against 2332 for the person with the most chances.This time the prize will get to you if I have to carry it there myself.
We started the day trying to get postage printed at home. It looks so easy in the Post Office commercials but it isn't. First there are all the usual blanks to fill out. Then you discover that Priority Mail is the lowest price you can get . No parcel post. So I filled out the blanks and my credit card refused the charge. Twice it refused the charge without any reason. So I went to the credit card internet site and discovered that they hadn't changed my address. I changed it through the site and then went back to the Post Office site. Now it accepted the card and printed the label. But it runied one good label by printing the instructions on it. By the time we got the two packages labeled the mailman had come and gone. So now we have scheduled a pick up for tommorow. In the mail we got a wonderful suprise Christmas gift that we did not in any way expect. There are really nice people in this world. In the afternon we went shopping. This time we did get some more of our Christmas shopping done so that's good. Now we have been trying to get the inhouse network Peter set up to work and it won't. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Tina Dray said...

they sound really yummy Dr John is it you who bakes them or betty!

5:28 AM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...

Mrs Schmidt needs to talk to some hobos. They seem to know how to ride on trains without getting detected. They could help her get out of town and go on to Hawaii.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

morning. i don't bake but i like to eat nice baking goods, go figure eh? lol..i am going to pass on the recipe to Weesie and Jr., they are always up to trying something new. these buns sound yummy, thank you.
i love this new twist..i'm all curious about what happens next. i love what the mayor calls it and i saw that you have that in your header too, how cute.
i do feel terribly for the hawaii trip i wish she could go, poor girl.
i have finished everyones shopping. all except Joe' i have to figure things out therel, i can't believe how it's the 20th and i'm so not done yet. life got in the way this time for i'm usually way done by now. i read that you didn't buy anything yesterday, sorry. hope it goes better for you two today. good luck.
hugs and love to you all.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is 2/5 correct for the brown sugar? Fifths is not a standard for baking.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

How wonderful, Dr. John! I have always wondered about those saffron buns. Will have to try after Christmas when we will have more time to sit and enjoy. I think I have saffron. . .

Wishing you, Betty and the rest of your family good health, peace, joy and every Christmas blessing!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

I don't usually answer comments but then I don't usually post receipes. The receipe calls for more than 1/3 of a cup and less than a half or as my grandmother would say " You know almost a half" . The math major in me made me give that a number and it was 2/5 but almost a half is the right measure. Have fun.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

I don't know if I would like saffron buns.
If I just wanted to make one to try could I substitute a hummingbird egg for a chicken egg..

7:44 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Wow...I don't think I have ever seen you carry must really want to get rid of it.

OK......sorry....for your Christmas gift I will keep my smart ass comments to myself for a period of one week. If you are really good, week and 12 hours.....and if you are really, really good, I will not comment at all!!!!

8:00 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

oh boy those saffron buns look good, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Hope you all have a wonderful christmas.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I am dying to try a saffron bun, but I have to find some saffron first.

9:00 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

How is the train coming and going if the trestle is gone?

11:00 AM  
Blogger Fiona said...

Thanks for making me your blog of the day. It was nice to get some news visitors, and I wondered why they were all mentioning a Dr John!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Yum!! I've been hoping you'd post a recipe for these coveted culinary treasures. Any guess to what I'll be buying at my next trip to the Supermarket?

1:06 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

I still dont know what saffron it a spice? My Grandmother used to make me sassafrass it anything like that?

3:02 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Saffron is a pretty yellow but I have no idea what it tastes like.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Thankyou for sharing the recipe, when I get some time I'll make them they sound so delicious.

Lets hope the Occupation is over soon. Why doesn't someone try to sneak our on the train when it comes in

Blessings to you and Betty

9:43 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

Dr. John, a couple of people asked what saffron is. It's a wonderful spice made from a species of crocus, and it's very valuable because it takes a lot of crocuses to make just a little bit. But it's yummy.

My son-in-law is a chef and I am going to give him this recipe and ask him to make it. (I don't have a machine).

The recipe looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it with us.


11:26 PM  
Anonymous loisontheweb said...

My folks & younger siblings lived in Neenah (in the 70's?) ... also a sister, for a time on 2nd street & on Commercial Avenue.

SAFFRON BUNS ... I wonder if I have time to make some; I've been hoarding a tiny bit of it ... it's hard to find. Sometimes, even if they have it, it's not on the shelf ... they don't put it out ... IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE to put out on the shelf!!!

1:33 AM  
Anonymous kat said...

I'm not real sure what saffron is or even where to find it... but these buns sound delicious.

3:50 AM  

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