Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lucia Buns For Eddi

My former buddy and co-blogger Eddi Haskell asked about Lucia-buns in a comment. Here is a recipe in English that I found on the web (so I dont have to go through the hassle of translating it).

St. Lucia buns may be made ahead of time, frozen, and quickly reheated in the microwave before serving.

Preparation Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
1 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp. saffron threads, finely crumbled (or 1 tsp. powdered saffron)
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 pkg. dry active yeast (4 1/2 tsp)
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs, well-beaten, plus one egg white
raisins or currants to decorate

Crumble saffron threads into melted butter. Let sit 30 minutes to an hour (this intensifies the saffron flavor).

Heat milk to a light boil, turning off heat when it reaches the scalding point (with small bubbles across the top). Stir in melted butter, sugar, and salt. Pour mixture into mixing bowl and allow to cool until “finger-warm” (still quite warm, but just cool enough to touch). Stir in yeast and let sit for 10 minutes.

Mix 3 1/2 cups flour into liquid. Stir in two well-beaten eggs. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough (just until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You don't want to add too much flour).

Transfer dough to a large greased bowl and turn to coat all sides. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch down risen dough. Lightly knead two or three times on a floured surface. Pinch off small handfuls of dough (about the size of a racquetball) and roll into "snakes." Shape snakes into "S"-shaped buns or other desired shapes (please see my photo gallery of Lucia buns for traditional examples). Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover with the towel again, and allow to rise until doubled (about an hour).

Decorate buns with raisins, brush with egg white, and bake in preheated 375º oven about 15 minutes, just until brown. Yield: 20 St. Lucia Buns ("Lussekatter")

P.S. Thanks for the invitation to your and Jago´s anniversary party. I will try to come! ;) (And you are still my buddy, just kidding!)


  1. Bock Yummy! Except for the saffron threads, it looks easy to make. Can you substitute cinnamon?

    And beautiful Bockella is especially looking forward to meeting her namesake! We hope to see you at our place for our third anniversary party on Saturday, and everyone is invited!

  2. Heathen! No, you definitely cannot, may not, should not use cinnamon in these.


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