Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

sophie grigson's TV programme a wonderfully yellow tea bread using saffron, old English recipe

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. put the saffron in a jug and pour in 230 ml of hot water.
  2. leave to infuse for at least 20 minutes.
  3. put the butter and sugar in a large saucepan and stir over a moderate heat.
  4. When the butter has melted and mixed with the sugar, add the sultanas and cherries.
  5. pour in the saffron water.
  6. return to heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  7. leave to cool.
  8. preheat over to 180c/gas 4.
  9. grease and line a 500gr loaf tin.
  10. stir in the flour/salt and baking powder and slowly stir into saffron mixture to form a batter.
  11. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for between 1 and 1 and quarter hours, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  12. leave to cool on a rack.
  13. serve in slices with butter.
  14. I have a 1 KG tin, so just use double the mixture and bake longer


Most Helpful

Sorry, I didn't care for this recipe at all. It was a waste of good saffron. Perhaps there should be egg in the recipe. The texture is rubbery. I wouldn't serve it to guests.

bcrawf2000 January 01, 2016

Loved it! This recipe turned out to be exactly what I was looking for! We have a senior family friend who is English and not well. His mother made him saffron bread so I took up the challenge by using Ann's recipe. Superb! I soaked the raisins in the saffron tea while it was being infused. I also added some chopped walnuts and some chopped tropical fruit mix. The most difficult part of the recipe for me was changing the measurements to USA.

honiibee April 15, 2008

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