Lussekatter or Saffron Christmas bun is a traditional Swedish bread eaten on Saint Lucia day (13th December ) . These sweet saffron & cardamom infused buns with lovely yellow colour are made in honor of Sanit Lucy also know as Saint Of Light . On December 13th , there are a number of Saint Lucia's Day processions , each of which led by a young girl dressed in a white robe , with a crown of lights on her head & a candle in her hand . As they walk they sing the "Lucia sangen" the song of Saint Lucy . They hand out Lussekatter - swirl yellow buns with raisins which they've made themselves . To read more of this legend HERE
Lussekatter - Saint Lucia Saffron Buns
Recipe from My Little Norway
1 packet of dry instant yeast
150g melted butter & cool
500 ml milk
1 gram of saffron (half a tsp of saffron)
150 g sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
690 g flour (1.3 litres)
1 egg ( beaten for topping)
1) Combine melted butter with milk . Crush the safron with a little sugar in a montar or a bowl .
2) In a stand-up mixer , combine flour , sugar , yeast , salt , safron & cardamom . Make a well in the center of the flour & pour in milk mixture . Mix till dough forms with dough hook or knead with hand . ( Add milk or flour if needed) . Knead till smooth dough . Place the dough in a large bowl & cover with plastic wrap . Let it sit in a warm room till double in size about 1 to 2 hours .
3) Gently press down dough & place on a clean & floured surface , Knead the dough & pull out a pice of dough , roll into sausage or finger size . Curl the ends in opposite directions forming an 'S' with spiral at each end . Place on lined baking sheet pan & repeat with the rest of the dough . Cover with plastic wrap & let to rise till double in size for 15 to 30 mins .
4) Preheat oven to 225°C (I've preheated my oven on 200°C) . Brush beaten egg over the top of the buns & place raisins in the center of the spiral as soon above . Bake for 5 to 8 mins ( I've baked mine for 10 mins or alittle more ) till golden brown .
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