The Christmas Blog Edition - Golden milk and cranberry brioche and a bout of the flu

I'm gonna keep this one short and basically to the point, seeing that I have been hit by the flu and am having a hard time of it. Can't breathe, all body is aching, nose is running, throat is itching, patience is no existing and I don't even want to lie in bed reading, as my eyes are all feverish and burning, and leaking water like a burst pipe. Been a while since I have had it sp hard, know what I mean? I am good for nothing much at the moment, but I did want to post this ne before the weekend.

Outside is drizzling and dark, today's a bank holiday here in Portugal, home is all cosy and warm, with the lights on and the Christmas decors all around. It does look lovely, and makes me feel all fuzzy inside, all comfortable and infused my the spirit of magic. Even if I'm lying on the couch watching episode after episode of the X-Files with my nine year old. Yeah, not content with hooking him on Star Wars, I had to show him the X-Files and 'Allo,' Allo, to dire consequences, as he now loves both. I swear I did not remember how bloody inappropriate some of the jokes on 'Allo, 'Allo were... the worst part is he gets most of the kokes, but some he obviously doesn't and then he asks. I tell him they're not age appropriate and he's fine with it, bless him!

I wanted to go into the kitchen and bake, today, but have now come to accept it's not gonna happen. I don't have the strenght for it, so am going to post this one and retire onto the couch, try to get some rest, maybe even some sleep, although my breathing does not allow for that. Nor does my nearly bleeding nose. It's hell, I tell ya. I really wanted to bake a special sweet bread and am not gonna do it. Been caught up by this flu for three days already and it feels far from getting any better, only seems to get worse. At least the kiddo is pulling out fine. We did manage to bake something nice earlier this week, when we were both at the first stages of this flu and thought it was just a simple colf. Ah, how wrong we were!!

So, and without any further ado, here is the recipe for these lovely brioche buns with cranberries and golden milk:
  • 125 ml milk
  • 2, 3 threads of saffron
  • 10 gr fresh yeast
  • 50 gr butter
  • 100 gr spelt flour
  • 200 gr strong bread flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk for eggwash
Bring the milk and the saffron to a boil and let it simmer in low heat for a couple of minutes, breaking up the threads with a wooden spoon so the milk is fully infused with the saffron. Allow to cool and dissolve the yeast in it. Add melted butter that is at room temperature, beat the egg into the liquid mix and pur over the flours mixed sugar and salt. Knead for five minutes over a floured surface and the form into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and proof for one hour and a half. After that amount of time has elapsed, pour the dough onto a floured surface, add the cranberries and knead once again for a couple more minutes. Divide the dough into small rounded balls, place them on a baking tray covered with baking parchment and cover once more with the tea towel. Now proof for another half hour. Brush with the eggwash and bake in a pre-heated oven at 190º for 15 to 18 minutes. These are so yummy and pretty to offer friends, family and co-workers, they'll go down really well. Plus they're so easy even I could bake them!


  1. Get better fast <3 Tonigit I drink a lot of hot tea as I feel that cold is coming to me as well. Oh and I love Allo Allo :D I used to loooove watching it, so funny.

    1. Allo, Allo is stil amazing even after all these years!!

  2. These look completely dreamy and what a gorgeous flavour combo. So sorry to hear though that you're feeling under the weather. It's that time of the year, isn't it? Hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy Christmas and time with your family.
    Thanks for sharing Ruth. Think this might be my favourite of your recipes to date :)
    Hugs, Kimberly

    1. oh wow, really?? it's something I love baking because I love eating it ahahahh!! And the addition of saffron does make all the difference. THank you so much!

  3. They look wonderful. I hope you get well soon dear!

    1. Oh yes, so do I... feeling a bit better as it is, already ;)


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