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Saffron bread rolls

Soft safron rolls perfect for breakfast or lunch
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time3 hrs 2 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Norwegian
Keyword: Soft safron spiced rolls
Servings: 16 rolls


  • standing mixer
  • Kitchen scale
  • measure cup


  • Dough
  • 50 g butter
  • 5,5 dl full-fat milk
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1000 g flour
  • 1,5 tsp of saffron
  • 50 g oats
  • 1 dl Water
  • Topping
  • egg
  • 8 tbsp poppy seeds or sesame seeds


Soak oats

  • Weigh up the oats in a bowl.
  • Add the water.
  • Cover and leave to rest for one hour in the fridge.

Infuse milk

  • Combine the milk and saffron in a nonstick pot.
  • Heat up slowly while stirring. Do not let the milk boil.
  • Add butter and stir until the butter has melted.
  • Leave the milk to cool when the milk has absorbed the color from the Saffron.

Mixing dough

  • Add all ingredients to your mixer (except topping).
  • Knead for 15 minutes on low speed with the dough hook attached. If you mix by hand go for 25 minutes.
  • Leave the dough to rise in a bowl covered with plastic for about 1 hour.

Shape the dough

  • Divide the dough into two equal parts, and shape them into round bowls.
  • Press the dough flat and roll them out like pizzas.
  • Cut the doughs into 8 pizza slices each.
  • Mix the egg for the topping and brush a small circle in the center of each of the doughs. This will help the ends stick to the shape and not let the rolls open up as much.
  • Roll the dough from the outer end towards the center.
  • Place each roll on a baking tray covered with heatproof paper.
  • I usually bend the edges towards the center to create a more round shape.
  • Turn on your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Cover the rolls and let them double in sizes, this usually takes one hour.


  • Brush the top of the rolls with egg.
  • Sprinkle with poppy seed.
  • Put the trays in the oven and add 1 dl of hot water at the bottom of your oven. This will create a bit of steam and will give you a better oven spring.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. If you use an oven with hot air you may bake two trays at the same time. 
  • Leave the rolls to cool on an oven grid.