LussekatterLucia and Swedish Saffron Buns “Lussekatter”


  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • ⅔ cup butter
  • 1 ¾ cup milk
  • 50 grams of fresh yeast (note: I use 2 packages of 0.6 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • Raisins for decorating
  • Egg white to be brushed on before baking

Use a mortar to grind the saffron to textured powder. Melt the butter and add the milk, making sure that the mixture is a little bit warmer than lukewarm (98 F) and add to a bowl.
Then crumble the fresh yeast into little pieces and add. Then add the rest of the ingredients, adding the flour a little bit at a time until the dough is loosening from the bowl. It should stick together nicely without sticking to the bowl.
Let the dough rise in its bowl (cover with kitchen towel) for about 45 minutes.
Add the dough to a working area (countertop, large table). Knead it lovingly and start rolling it out with a rolling pin. Cut strips of dough, about 10? long and ½ ” in thickness, and shape it by rolling it between your hands into a sausage. Alternatively just take a piece of dough and roll it into the above mentioned proportions. Form traditional Lussekatter by creating two opposite spirals. Let the Lussekatter rise for 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 440 F.
Decorate each individual spiral with a raisin in the middle and brush with beaten egg.
Bake the Lussekatter in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 440F. Traditional treats


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