Saffron Easter Bread
2. Gather your ingredients. I like to weigh out the flour. Not shown is the 3rd egg. I separate that and put the yolk in with the mix and the white I reserve for the glaze.
3. Warm the milk slightly to room temperature. Do NOT get too hot or it will kill the yeast. Let this sit while you are gathering the rest of your ingredients to start to work. You will know your yeast is good also. I don't let yeast hang around very long. I would rather buy less and often.
4. Pour the yeast mix and the saffron into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, salt butter and egg and whisk together.
5. Add the flour a little at a time whisking in and then change to a heavy spoon or hands. You can also use a Mixer if you have a paddle attachment.
6. If the dough is sticky add some extra flour a bit at a time till you have a smooth round. Cover with a towel and keep in a warm environment. an oven that has been warmed slightly and a pan of hot water on the bottom works well if you have a drafty kitchen.
7. Wait 30 minutes to an hour for it to double in size.
8. Punch down and divide into 2 loaves. Put the loaves on a sheet pan leaving lots of space for it to double in size
. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees F
9. I docked one loaf with a very sharp knife. This is a tradition that means different things from a religious cross to an escape valve for evil spirits to fly out. Brush the loaves well with the egg white glaze.