Oh, that precious spice!

UPDATE: You can find the recipe for these saffron cantuccini here!

Last week, I mentioned how saffron buns taste of medicine. What I should have said is that anything made of saffron tastes slightly medicinal. Why? Well, it has been used as a medicine for centuries… And not only is it famous for its bitter taste, but it is also the world’s most precious and expensive spice. You need to ‘harvest’ 75,000 Saffron flowers in order to produce a pound of saffron. And yes – it’s all done by hand!

The cold dark months over here in Sweden are saffron months – symbolized by the bright yellowness of saffron buns. And in our household, we have another saffron tradition (a year round one, I might add): the consumption of saffron cantuccini. Sir Pe got the recipe from a couple who run a Bed and Breakfast in England.

You need an apron and ear plugs if you’re going to make this recipe with noisy kitchen helpers anklebiters! After a lot of stirring and sore wrists, you put the dough in the oven – only to take it out after a short while.

And yes – it’s supposed to look like yellow horse doo-doo. Thank you for asking!

It then goes back into the oven overnight and miraculously turns into sugar-coated cantuccini the following morning!

And because it’s good for the brain, keeps away colds and soothes the nerves, I think I’ll have to eat a few kilos, don’t you?

For purely medicinal purposes.

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41 responses

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. REally, I swear…cough


    January 5, 2010 at 07:19

  2. Oh, you do have a way of getting my attention! What a fun post! And I would love to sample some — even if it does smell like doo doo! Thank you, Lady Fi, you have made my evening — as you frequently do!! Have a great week! Enjoy!



    January 5, 2010 at 07:37

  3. That looks yummy.


    January 5, 2010 at 07:53

  4. 🙂 So well written. And I get to only see it. Wish I too could sample some.


    January 5, 2010 at 07:53

  5. Amy

    Looks like a biscotti- you forgot one thing- the recipe!!!


    January 5, 2010 at 09:12

  6. seems good enough to try!


    January 5, 2010 at 09:30

  7. I love those! Saffron risotto is also lovely.


    January 5, 2010 at 10:26

  8. SirPe

    Hmmm… looks like I’ll have to give you the recipe, so that your fans can try them for themselves!


    January 5, 2010 at 10:28

  9. I can take my medicine…or yours.


    January 5, 2010 at 12:35

  10. LadyFi: It does look like a neat concoction. I hope you enjoy it through your cold Winter.


    January 5, 2010 at 15:41

  11. Looks wonderful. I’d like the recipe too, Sir Pe!


    January 5, 2010 at 16:00

  12. they look good…the final product 🙂
    please share the receipe with us 🙂
    happy new year.


    January 5, 2010 at 16:15

  13. Sir Pe looks very fetching in his pinny


    January 5, 2010 at 16:36

  14. kelli

    all I can focus on are Sir Pe’s apron and the horse poo…. LOL


    January 5, 2010 at 16:52

  15. Saffron is used a lot here too. Love the striped apron!


    January 5, 2010 at 17:07

  16. Much better medicine than most of the pills I have seen. I´ll take some of that, thank you!


    January 5, 2010 at 17:14

  17. I’m still scared.


    January 5, 2010 at 17:25

  18. Wow, that looks mighty tastey, of course from a medicinal point of view. I saw saffron for sale in Mexico, a very tiny bag for very high price.


    January 5, 2010 at 19:30

  19. Lee

    They look better sliced.


    January 5, 2010 at 20:16

  20. I want couple right now to dip into my latte’ — the finished product looks like really really good biscotti.
    And what a funny post! Cool that you share kitchen duties — that’s the way to do it!


    January 5, 2010 at 20:56

  21. Yum! That looks delicious!


    January 5, 2010 at 21:40

  22. Åh, såna där är så sjukt goda! Alltså man måste äta många för annars kan man bli sjuk (jo, jag lovar!)… 😉


    January 5, 2010 at 21:51

  23. This Ozarks farm chick has never had the pleasure of saffron buns but whoa baby, they look great. I may just have to step out of my rut and make some.

    Ya’ll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!


    January 5, 2010 at 22:20

  24. a new way to bake things I guess. Never seen that before. 🙂


    January 5, 2010 at 22:23

  25. I’ll have some too please!


    January 5, 2010 at 22:26

  26. Clive

    Sounds just like the sort of medicine I’d like!

    Very impressed with Sir Pe in his apron!


    January 6, 2010 at 00:14

  27. Jen

    That kind of looks like biscotti, and very delicious looking it is.

    I made some saffron buns the other week, oh my they were good.

    We always sold the fall crocus at the nursery, so you could grow your own saffron.



    January 6, 2010 at 01:00

  28. Oh, Fi, I love saffron – you’ll have to post the recipe! The biscotti look fabulous – I’d eat one (or 2) with you if I lived closer!


    January 6, 2010 at 01:04

  29. it actually looks good to eat 😀


    January 6, 2010 at 02:55

  30. interesting! i didn’t know that 🙂 thanks for sharing



    January 6, 2010 at 04:08

  31. Does the medicine work?
    Is there sugar in this recipe? It looked a little like yellow biscotti.


    January 6, 2010 at 04:18

  32. I sure wouldn’t turn it down if offered some. I hope to know how that tastes one day. Fun post. I guess if this is like medicine that would make you pharmacists.


    January 6, 2010 at 05:10

  33. Horse do-doo – haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! I’m sure it tastes and smells nothing of the sort though, right? There is something theraputic to the whole process of baking, don’t you think? I certainly wouldn’t mind giving this a go, glad I popped by.


    January 6, 2010 at 12:58

  34. And when a food has medicinal properties, it doesn’t have any calories, right?


    January 6, 2010 at 19:18

  35. Trade you some pecan pie for saffron bread…


    January 6, 2010 at 21:31

  36. very nice…you did save some to share, right?


    January 6, 2010 at 22:37

  37. Love a man in an apron..Sir Pe is dashing in one!! looks like he is a great cook! 🙂


    January 8, 2010 at 21:10

  38. I absolutely love saffron – these look quite like biscotti, are they? I keep meaning to recreate a saffron pasta dish I had in London (at a lovely restaurant near the Albert Hall)… basically a sauce consisting of roast veg, cream, and saffron.


    January 10, 2010 at 11:55

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  40. I gotta try them one day (when I get an oven again, that doesn’t work with Gas…), they look delicious!


    February 1, 2010 at 16:17

  41. If you like saffron, you will love this rigatoni with braised chicken and saffron cream. It is unbelievable.


    September 25, 2010 at 12:04

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