Safran Sponge Tasting of Christmas

A recipe for a juicy Christmasy sponge found on
Safran Sponge Tasting of Christmas

A version of the classic sponge, with a little added Christmas taste of saffron, orange and almond. Perfect for coffee or a cup of tea, or why not a hot mug of gløgg to complete the taste of Christmas.

50 g [1,75 oz] butter, melted
0.5 g [0,02 oz] of saffron
Grated peel from 1 orange
2 eggs
180 g [6,4 oz] (2 dl / 0,4 pt) unrefined cane sugar (demerara)
200 g [7 oz] grated almond paste
0.5 dl [0,1 pt] milk
0.5 dl [0,1 pt] cream
225 g [8 oz] (3 3/4 dl / 0,75 pt) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of salt


[1] Melt the butter, add saffron and grated orange peel.

[2] Whip eggs and sugar light and airy and add the grated almond paste.

[3] Pour the cream and milk into the egg mixture and stir well.

[4] Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.

[5] Pour the butter mixture into egg mixture and stir well.

[6] Add the flour mixture, and stir gently till you got a smooth batter.

[7] Butter a bread mould with melted butter and sprinkle with flour or breadcrumbs and pour in the batter

[8] Place in the middle of the oven and bake at 175 C / 345 F for 45-50 minutes.

[9] Vault the cake onto a grid and let it cool completely.