Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Eggless Saffron Clementine and Mixed Spice Buns #Christmastreat #Christmasbreakfast #yummy #christmasaroma

There is not long to go now until Christmas ! As the day is approaching , the excitement is building up amongst  the family members no matter what age, the child like thrills are evident !




I hope you have made visits to your local supermarkets with big long scribbled shopping grocery list, must be there are a few ingredients on the list which are hard to pronounce.  Can't blame anyone, as we all have desire to create something complex, elegant and delicious on Christmas for our family ! I did mine yesterday, spent almost two hours in the supermarket and now fully prepared for  Peeling, Chopping, stuffing, roasting, boiling, flaming and baking - Christmas can feel like the ultimate taste of the kitchen !




We are a good bunch of foodies and love to cook and that means the kitchen is the hub in the home. Especially this time of the year, copious festive dishes are flowing from the kitchen. It could be variety of mains, lunches or breakfasts and everything obviously baking up a storm in the kitchen, because many moments of togetherness happen around food !




Along with so many festive treats, just few days back I baked Saffron, Clementine and Mixed Spice Buns for the breakfast. Few years back ( before I started writing this blog ) I baked Traditional Cinnamon Buns, it was a long due and started thinking about Christmas goodies in like summer time and my phone had a note of pinpoint ideas written down. Lol, but being foodie and blogger I wanted some changes in the recipe.  So used Mixed Spice instead of just Cinnamon, also brought out Christmassy flavours by adding Clementine zest in the dough and filling too, obviously glorious citrus flavours and warm spice creates a perfect Christmas ambiance. And being Indian by origin I never forget to make over or tweak a recipe to make it more Indianized!






We Indians take great pride in cooking with saffron, The worlds's priciest spice, actually costs similar or sometimes more than 24ct. gold. We Indian bloggers love to show off, we elaborately sprinkle on our dishes and post those recipes on our blogs :D




So, In the end this saffron and mixed spices buns were created in my kitchen. I made two type of recipes, Saffron and Mix spice Buns and Clementine and Mix spice Buns. Baking without eggs normally a great challenge for me, somehow with these buns I did not even realize that I am baking anything. Kitchen and entire house was filled with beautiful spiced and citrus-sy scent when they were baking.







Clementine and Mix spice buns, I coated them in Mix spice sugar and for Saffron and Mix Spice Buns I glazed them in saffron glaze. Delicious and decadent homemade spiraled Christmas buns are so soft. Whole family enjoyed both the flavours equally these mouthwatering buns at breakfast.  They were incredibly moreish, fantastic with a cuppa.

You will need :-  Dry mixture for the dough


  • 3 cup strong white bread flour
  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. fast action yeast
  • 4 tbsp. caster sugar

Method :- Dry dough mixture
Mix well everything and make equally two portions in two different bowl.. Leave it aside.

You will need :- wet mixture

  • 6 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 1/4 cup single cream
  • 2 tbsp. flax seeds powder  or meal
  • 1 tbsp. clementine zest
  • 1/4 tsp. saffron threads 


Method :-
In a pan heat milk and cream, stir butter and flax seeds meal.
Divide into two equal portions.
Take both flour bowl, in one add zest and another saffron.
Pour in the milk mixture in to each bowl and stir well until it forms a soft and sticky dough.
Tip the dough onto lightly oiled surface and knead the dough for 10 minutes. ( I used my food processor with dough hook )
Transfer the both dough into two different lightly oiled bowl and cover with the clean kitchen towel for about 45 to 50 minutes in a warm place or until it doubles in size.

You will need :- Filling 

  • 6 tbsp. butter 
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar
  • A good pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. ground mix spice ( nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom and star anise )
  • 1 tbsp. zest of clementine or orange
  • 1/2 tsp. ground saffron
Method :-
Mix all the ingredients except butter, zest and saffron.
Again divide this sugar mixture equally.
In one portion add zest and in another one add saffron.
Mix and leave it aside.

Method :- Assemble the bun
Brush the cavity of a 12 muffin pan with the melted butter. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes.
Coat the cavity with generous amount of sugar, remove the excess sugar by tapping and leave the pan aside.
Tip out the risen dough on a clean and lightly floured surface.
Dust your hands and rolling pin into flour.
Roll it out into rectangle measuring 14"x10"x .
Melt the 6 tbsp. butter and brush across the rolled on both dough.
On zest dough spread zesty sugar mixture evenly and on saffron dough spread saffron sugar mixture evenly.
Starting with the long edge, roll up the dough into long sausage shape. ( both dough )
Gently roll with your hands and stretch up up to 16" .
Cut into even pieces.
Place cut pieces into sugar prepared muffin pan.
Cover the muffin pan with clean kitchen towel and leave it in a warm place for 30 minutes or until buns puffed up.
Mean while pre heat the oven to gas mark 4-5.
Once buns are ready to go in the oven gently brush butter on them and sprinkle some demerara sugar.
Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until nice and brown.
Remove from the oven and leave it in the pan for another 10 minutes.
Turn out on the cooling rack and decorate how you want.
I coated some in spiced sugar and some with the glaze.

You will need :- Mix spice sugar
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp. mixed spice
Method :- Mix everything.

You will need :- Saffron glaze 
  • Pinch ground saffron
  • 2 tsp. cold water
  • 4-6 tbsp. icing sugar
Method :-
Mix everything and leave it aside.

Ready to eat :-
Once buns are lightly cooled one by one roll them out in a mixed spice sugar.
Drizzle saffron icing over the buns and let it set for 5 minutes.

Enjoy !!


















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