Bread Machine Saffron Bread

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I remember a bread my Grandma used to make when I was a kid. It was called saffron bread – it was yellow and had raisins. My Dad and I really liked it – toasted with butter and honey. I asked my Mom and my Aunt if they had the recipe or knew how to make this bread but they did not. Finally I found a book of historic recipes from England and I was able to develop this bread machine version – it sure gives me a taste of home!

Bread Machine Saffron Bread

Joan Donogh
Bread machine recipe for Saffron bread from England.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron 1 package
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package bread maker yeast
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  • Add all ingredients, except raisins, to the bread maker pan in the order listed (or as directed in your bread maker instructions).
  • Set bread maker to the regular setting and start. Add the raisins when the beeper sounds to add additional ingredients.



  1. Leslie Walton

    You dont say what type of flour, thank you

    • joan

      all purpose flour

      • Ryan Murray

        What size bread setting do you use?

        • Joan

          This would be about a 1 1/2 pound loaf. You can compare the amount of liquid and flour to other recipes in the manual for your bread maker to see what setting would be best.

  2. Michael McGuire

    5 stars
    This is the first time I’ve baked with saffron. This is delicious. Absolutely delicious. Just had two slices smothered in butter. You have to try it.

    • Phi G

      I just made a Seafood Saffron Soup. That was my first time using saffron. My husband had four bowls of it! It was a hit! I’m making the bread now. I also made a beef stew between the soup and bread and added saffron. It was another hit! I love this spice.

  3. Gertrude Smith

    Hi I only have 1 1/4 cup of plain flour can I use self raising or bread flour to make this or can I mix flours thanks.

    • Joan

      I would think you could use bread flour.

      • Gertrude

        5 stars
        Thank you.


    Excellent recipe. I make buns instead of bread from this recipe
    and they look and taste like what my Grandmother made when
    I was a child. I use bread flour.

  5. YVONNE GILLIES and friend

    How much kneading should I do if I don’t have a bread
    machine. I love your recipe but have to do it all by hand.
    I tried this recipe once and they came out stiff instead of soft.
    Any hints?


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