OMG, that's some nice bread.
And so, I have some more poetry for callunav.
This is based off the saffron bread recipe in The Essential Cookbook, modified for the robot and for not being a seven-cup-of-flour recipe because hello, still only one girl.
so here is what I did:
2 1/4 tsp. of rapid-rise yeast
4 cups flour (half bread flour, half unbleached white)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp demerera sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large egg, beaten
1 1/4 cups warm water with a large pinch of saffron crumbled in to soak
a dash of milk when the dough proved too dry.
Dump in bread machine and go away for 3.25 hours. Come back. Notice that bread has attempted to outgrow the robot, but the robot's heavy lid has averted disaster. Remove bread from robot. Slice off the malformed bit on top and eat steaming.
Fluffy, fragrant, delicate, delicious. Fragile enough that spreading room-temperature butter on it was a challenge.
Next time: soak the saffron longer beforehand, use 1/4 tsp less yeast, and 1/4 tsp more salt.