Good Afternoon Cerise,
Great post ... I make a similar version from the Abruzzi e Molise province of Italia called: Mpzzarelline allo Zafferano ( fried buffalia di mozzarella in saffron flour ) ...
It is to die for and go to heaven ... divino ...
Here is the recipe:
150 grams of all purpose flour or semolina
bread crumbs with added dried herbs and spices of choice ( a pinch of oregano and some basil both fresh and dried )
buffala di mozzarella balls ( can be done with a melon ball scoop or tiny cookie cutters )
salt and freshly ground blk. pepper
saffron threads ( 12 - 14 )
1. dilute the saffron thread in 4 tsps. of hot water with a pinch of salt
2. 20 minutes later: add to a big bowl and combine the flour little by litter to create a batter that is not too thick and pasty
3. dredge the cheese balls in the saffron flour and then in the bread crumb mixture
4. sauté in EVOO until golden
Phenomenal Grandmom say the my twin grandsons of age 5 ... So, take cue ...
Have a nice Sunday.