Every year about this time we make a batch of yummy saffron buns. It is one of my favorite traditions even though I otherwise avoid the kitchen. This year I have decided to share the recipe here on my blog. It is because of Pam’s International Winter Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap (love the festive name!), something that she is hosting right now. I have been especially invited to participate so of course I am exited about it. I even made the swap-button because every online event needs a button and I love making blog buttons!
I got a bit carried away with this so I took a lot of photos and even video footage (since I still get comments on my fun youtube video about baking cinnamon buns!). I haven’t gotten around to edit the video yet but I will post about it once I upload it. What I did tonight though was to create a few pdf:s with printable recipe cards as a gift for my dear blog readers. I hope you’ll like them!
I also hope this will inspire some of you to try to bake a few saffron buns, or as we say in Sweden; lussebullar for Saint Lucia Day. Or check out any of the other fun recipes in the swap!
Now, let’s bake shall we?
The ingredients. Assemble 50 gram yeast, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 dl sugar, 110-150 gm butter or margarine, 1/2 liter milk, about 1,5 liter wheat flour and
1-2 gm saffron. 1 dl raisin for decoration and one egg.
Saffron is the most expensive herb on earth, and comes in tiny packages. I guess that makes this bread luxurious and special.
First you crush the saffron with a sugar lump (for sweetness) in a mortar. Crumble the yeast in a bowl & dissolve it in some of the cold milk.
Now leave the dough alone (cover the dough with a cloth to keep it warm) and let it rise for about 15 minutes. Then knead out the dough and make “lussebullar” (the saffron buns). Cover with whipped egg (using a brush) and add 2 raisins/bun. The video will demonstrate the “making” much better than I can explain here. But you understand, make ’em the way you want them. Then you bake your saffron buns in 480 degrees Farenheit
for about 7 minutes.
Saffron buns are also called lussekatt which translates to lusse-cat. At first they had nothing to do with celebrating Saint Lucia though, but were just buns coloured with saffron to scare away the devil, a.k.a. Lucifer. And they do not look like cats, right? Lucifer often came to bad children in Germany in the shape of a cat… In 1600 the lussekatt came to Sweden but first around 1800 we started celebrating Saint Lucia and associated the bun with the celebration. So now you know.
I think traditions are such strange things, and the history behind how it “all started” is always unexpected and twisted. But it is interesting to know a bit about your own traditions and where traditions and the words we use come from.
Like I said, I made a PDF with this recipe as a printable card (in English or Swedish) and also some empty ones that you can print and cut apart, and then fill in your own favorite recipe and share them with friends and family! Maybe you will find some new recipes to try in Pam’s yummy cookie recipe swap?
If you’re into Christmas celebration you simply must visit Pam’s blog over on her blog Gingerbread Snowflakes, you can almost tell by the name what it is about…
Feel free to grab the button I made for the swap and link it to Pam’s blog to spread the warmth of December around the globe, one cookie at a time.
Merry December to all of you!