Buttery Saffron Infused Bites

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Butter and flour is probably two of the most used ingredients in my kitchen. I rarely come up with a recipe that doesn’t call for at least one of them. I love the buttery flavor of homemade breads.
A buttery dough is so easy to work with, shaping the dough in a cottage like bread, baguette style, dinner rolls or grab and go bites like the ones I’m going to share the recipe for today.
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Since I found out I have some cholesterol problems I gave up using dairy butter which has 30 mg per tablespoon. I switched to vegan soy based butter which, although it still has 100 calories per tablespoon it has 0 mg cholesterol. I also used coconut oil which is cholesterol free.
For these bites I used Melt Buttery Spread. Although it is not vegan, it’s a healthy alternative being made of organic virgin coconut oil, flaxseed oil, palm fruit oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, butter and butter flavor. It’s soy free, cholesterol free and has only 80 calories per tablespoon.
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Baking with Melt, turned out to be very successful. It doesn’t need to be melted and cooled, it easily blends with the flour. The dough is soft and easy to work with like it would be with dairy butter.
To add a little kick to these bites I infused them with saffron. Saffron is, probably, the most expensive spice on the market. It’s use as a seasoning and also as natural food coloring agent.
All you have to do to bring out the yellowish color is to soak the saffron threads for a couple of minutes in hot water.
You can remove the threads after the water is infused or just leave them. It’s not going to make a difference, taste wise. Aspect wise, here and there you’ll notice orange-sh spots on the bites.
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Buttery Saffron Infused Bites
2/3 cup hot water
few saffron threads
1 tsp dry yeast
pinch of salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
Soak the saffron threads in the hot water for a couple of minutes until the water becomes lukewarm. Pour the yellowish water in your mixing bowl, sprinkle the yeast over and let it dissolve. Since we’re using too much water for a teaspoon of yeast, it is not going to foam. When the yeast dissolves add 4 tbsp Melt Buttery Spread. With the hook attachment on start mixing slowly adding the salt and the flour. Mix until all the flour is incorporated and the dough comes clean form the sides of the bowl.
Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover and let it rest until in doubles in volume. It’s going to take about 30-40 minutes.
When the dough is risen, divide it into 24 mini balls. Place each ball into a mini muffin cup. If using paper liners there’s no need to grease the pan. If not, grease the pan before placing the mini balls in the muffin cups.
Cover the pan again and heat the oven to 375F.
Let the balls rise again for about 15 minutes while the oven reaches the desired temperature.
Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Let them cool slightly into the baking pan and completely on a wire rack.
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*I was provided Melt Buttery Spread for review. All opinions are mine.

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  1. Tina says

    Glad you posted a recipe using saffron, there is not a whole lot of recipes out there for baked goods with saffron. These savory bites would make a great snack or pair with soup nicely. Your the method of preparation is a sure fire way to get some super flavor into these. Have a great weekend.

  2. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar says

    These are so cute, Roxana! And they look delicious. Plus, they are a good way to utilize some of the Melt in the fridge. YAY!

  3. Dzoli says

    Its a pity you do not understand Serbian or Croatian..there is a challenge among those bloggers to make something with saffran this month.Most interesting recipes are coming out.This one looks great too;)

  4. Amy says

    Roxana these sound delicious! The saffron sounds like it would be a wonderful addition for a beautiful color, and they are adorable as well! I too use a lot of non-dairy oils and butters in my baking. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)!

  5. Gina says

    I love the cute little size of these bites. Not sure if I've seen that spread, will have to look. I bet the saffron added a nice taste too. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  6. Raji says

    These bites look really cute and I love saffron. It imparts wonderful flavour, in Indian cooking saffron is used in variety of desserts and even in rice.

  7. Lizzy says

    What cute little breads! And I love the addition of saffron…and those little pops of color! Beautiful! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Roxana!!! xo

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  9. Dionne Baldwin says

    I did see saffron today while out shopping but I had not yet seen this post so I didn't get any. :( I am glad that you have been sharing all of your vegan and nearly vegan creations because I have been venturing that path as well. You are very inspiring! These muffins are beautiful, by the way.

    I hope you have a good start to your week!

  10. kita says

    OOooh wow. I am a freak for saffron. I simply love it. Saffron buttery bites? Girl, I may have to leave Handsome and come marry you! lol 😉

  11. Alison@cookingwithfriends says

    I've never baked with saffron but you've definitely inspired me! These little bites look so pretty and delicious!

  12. Baking Serendipity says

    I've never baked with saffron either, but it looks like the perfect addition here :) These bites are the perfect adorable size…I can see them disappearing quickly!

  13. Foodiva says

    What a wonderful idea to produce buttery bites without any cholesterol! We can't get any of the baking substitutes you mentioned here except coconut oil, but I still aspire towards healthy baking because of your recipes, Roxana. I'm in love with saffron and if it wasn't so expensive, I'd probably use it in all my cooking!

  14. Junia says

    i never thought about putting saffron in bread before! i've only really used it for paella! i love the beautiful color it adds. :) these look delicious!

  15. Kristen says

    So sorry to hear that you had to give up butter due to healthy reasons. I hope the measures that you are taking get your numbers back in the right place. Those little bites look scrumptious.

  16. Lisa says

    These buttery saffron bites, minus butter (who needs it when you have subs that work very well! – although I would probably cry personally because I'm a butter fiend beyond what's normal lol), look oh so buttery, adorable and delicious! These would make a great T-Day app with fig, apricot or date preserves!

  17. Tanantha says

    My husband has cholesterol problem too, Roxana. Every time I bake, I have to give out a lot because it's just me who eats it at home 😀 I like you found alternative to fix this in baking. You baked goodies still look amazing and I adore anything mini! They are just perfect bites. Don't you think?!

  18. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Is it common to have saffron in baking goods? So unique! And I just learned from above comments that you were on Top9! Congrats!!

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