As I have mentioned time and time again on my blog, I do not consider myself a baker. I do not have the training or second sense when it comes to baking. Nor, do I have the patience to meticulously decorate my baked creations. I gravitate towards simpler desserts, where a primary ingredient gets all of the attention, whether it be a fruit or a spice.
Creating and developing a brand-spanking new dessert recipe is challenging, too. Unlike cooking a meal, where the ingredients can be eye-balled and adjusted to one’s personal taste, baking is truly an art. Measuring accurately is a must. Attention to detail is absolute. And, I never post one of my own baked recipes without re-creating it half a dozen times for continued success.
Luckily for my family, they have enjoyed the small modifications I adjusted each time I baked this luscious Saffron and Raisin Pound Cake.
My husband’s favorite cookie is the Saffron & Raisin Cookie. It is buttery. Oh yeah, lots of butter. And features saffron with dots of raisins. I realized that this combination would be perfect in a buttery pound cake.
Yes, it’s rich.
Yes, it’s buttery.
Yes, it’s delicious.
Yes, you will eat the crumbs.
ALL of the crumbs.
Now don’t be intimidated by using saffron. It is expensive – more expensive per ounce than oil or gold. But, with high quality products, especially saffron, very little goes very far.
High quality saffron threads are ALL RED. No yellow or light orange. If it is yellow, it is probably Safflower Threads, a cheaper alternative that does not yield the brilliant yellow color or powerful aroma of true saffron. I see a lot of food bloggers mistakenly using safflower thinking that it is saffron. It is NOT saffron. It is nothing like saffron.
I store my saffron in a sealed container in my pantry. When I pop it open, I’m blown away by the smell each and every time. THAT is what separates the cheap stuff from the good stuff.
I keep my saffron in thread form for storage and then ground them as needed, with the tried and true mortar and pestle. When you add a bit of hot water to the ground saffron, you will notice, again, that the high quality saffron will glow a dark orange, not yellow.
Back in November, I wrote all about saffron and I gave away some of Persian saffron to one lucky reader.