Measure the dried saffron into a cup and add the warm water. Stir well and leave overnight.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, nutmeg, sugar and dried fruit. Melt the butter in the milk and add the saffron liquid with the threads. Pour on to the flour mixture and add enough warm water to mix to a sticky dough. Mix well for 3–4 minutes. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave in a warm place for 1–2 hours or until the mixture has doubled in size.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured board and knead lightly for 1–2 minutes. Divide in half, knead each piece into an oval shape and place in the prepared loaf tins. Leave the leaves to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until the tops of the loaves are above the edge of the tins.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and the bottom of each loaf gives a hollow sound when tapped. Cool the loaves on a wire rack and brush the honey over the top crust.