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.
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…..
This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016