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Whole-Wheat Saffron Buns

Whole-Wheat Saffron Buns
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Modern American
Servings: 12 buns


  • 1-2 cups of whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp vital wheat gluten (if you're not using this, flip the proportions of all-purpose and whole-wheat flours and you should be fine)
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil , like canola
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal + 3 tbsp water , mixed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp saffron threads (use more if you want more color and flavor. I used 1/4 tsp and the flavor was very exquisitely mild)


  • Mix together the yeast, water and saffron and let stand about 10 minutes. Make sure the yeast has started multiplying, or flowering, before you move on with the recipe.
  • Add the all-purpose flour and one cup of the whole-wheat flour, vital wheat gluten, soymilk, oil, sugar, salt, and flaxmeal mixture, and knead by hand or in a stand mixer until well-incorporated. Add the remaining whole-wheat flour slowly, until you have added enough to make a smooth dough. (I needed two and a half cups of flour altogether)
  • Continue to knead another 10-12 minutes until you have a smooth dough.
  • Place in an oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let it rise for two hours until doubled.
  • Now turn the dough onto your work surface and punch it down. Cover and let it stand for about 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll them into balls or rectangular loaves.
  • Place in an oiled 9 X 12-inch baking sheet, close but not touching each other. Cover the baking dish and let the rolls rise for another two hours.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with a mixture of 1 tsp soymilk + 1 tsp oil for some added gloss. Sprinkle some sugar on top.
  • Preheat an oven to 370 degrees. Bake the breads for about 20-22 minutes until the tops are all richly golden.
  • Cool for at least 10 minutes on a rack before you pull the rolls apart and eat 'em!