November cats

Cheryl Marie Cordeiro

An evening with homebaked Lussekatter or saffron buns that are usually made in Sweden in celebration of St. Lucia’s Day that falls on 13 December.
Text & Photo © JE Nilsson, CM Cordeiro, Sweden 2015

I love when Christmas comes a little early. In this case, I thought to settle and bake a batch of saffron infused buns called Lussekatt that in the tradition of Sweden, are baked in celebration of St. Lucia’s day that falls on 13 December. This, and a cup of glogg sounds pretty much a good start to the jultide season.

Lussekatter | Saffransbröd

It’s just about -1degC outdoors, and this thing was sitting snug and warm, rising in its bowl.

Lussekatter | Saffransbröd

The recipe for Santa Lucia saffron bread has little variation to it. I’ve seen in bakeries, a variation where they’re sprinkled over with pearl sugar, and some infused likewise with cardamom. These here were washed over with an egg as a last thing before being put into the oven, to help them caramelise at the top.

Lussekatter | Saffransbröd

Out of the oven, cooling under some tea towels.

Cheryl Marie Cordeiro

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