Swedish Eggless Lussekatter/ Saffron flavored St. Lucia Bun

Swedish Eggless Lussekatter/ Saffron flavored St. Lucia Bun

Few days back, I was checking in my FB account, there I saw a post showing alluring S shaped buns. I got fascinated with the looks of the buns and decided to make them.

These buns are especially made on a particular day i.e. St Lucia day, the festival of lights. It is celebrated on Dec 13 in Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark etc. in the honor of St. Lucia.

St. Lucy was a young Christian girl who was killed by Romans for her religious beliefs in 3rd century. According to legends, she would secretly bring food and aid to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head to keep her both hands free so as to carry as much items as possible.

In Scandinavian countries, during St Lucia day celebrations, Saint Lucy comes into the procession as a young girl or a lady wearing a white dress with a red sash and a  crown of candles on her head. She is followed by many young girls carrying a lit candle in their hands. The traditional food served during this day is a special saffron bread called lussekatter and ginger biscuits along with coffee.

Lussekatter or lussebulle is a spiced yeast leavened sweet bun that if flavored with saffron and cinnamon or nutmeg. It contains currants or raisins and is S shaped.

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Saffron buns

This month we, a group of bloggers are posting our baking triumphs on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in an event named bake-a-thon. I had decided to bake 4 types of baked goods for the month, three of each type every week. Last week I had posted three types of muffins viz Blueberry cupcakes, cheese & herb muffin and fruity muffin. Next was the turn of cookies. But after posting only orange cookies, today being 13 Dec, i.e. St Lucia day,  I’m going to post a special bun – lussekatter or St Lucia bun dedicating to all the Scandinavians.

Here goes the recipe…..

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Swedish Eggless Lussekatter/ Saffron flavored St. Lucia Bun
Saffron buns
Prep Time 25 min
Cook Time 15-20 min
Passive Time 1-2 hrs
Servings
buns
Ingredients
For Coating
Prep Time 25 min
Cook Time 15-20 min
Passive Time 1-2 hrs
Servings
buns
Ingredients
For Coating
Saffron buns
Instructions
  1. In a pan, mix saffron in milk and heat it. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes on low heat to dissolve saffron threads.
  2. Switch off the flame and add butter to the mixture. Let it cool till it becomes warm to touch, but not hot.
  3. Peel the boiled potato and grate it. Pass it through a mesh. The ideas is to get mashed potato without any lump.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  5. Put mashed potatoes in the flour mixture.
  6. Pour milk saffron mixture over the dry ingredients.
  7. Mix to combine and knead for 10 minutes by hand till the dough becomes smooth.
  8. Shape into a ball and place in a large greased bowl. Cover with cling film.
  9. Let it sit for 1-2 hours in a warm place, until the dough had almost doubled in volume
  10. Gently press the dough and knead it a couple of times.
  11. Divide it into 8 equal parts. Make a ball and then roll into a 12-15 inch rope.
  12. Curl the ends in opposite direction and shape each rope into S shaped.
  13. Place on a greased baking tray. Cover with cling film and let it rest for 15 -20 min.
  14. Mix honey with milk. Brush the buns with a this mixture. Sprinkle poppy seeds all over the bun and press raisin in the center of the spirals.
  15. Bake in preheated oven at 200 C for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  16. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 min before serving.
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