These saffron buns are the traditional Swedish treat for Santa Lucia Day celebrations every December 13th!

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You will need:


Makes 20

1 cup melted butter

½ teaspoon saffron

1 cup milk

¾ cup sugar

4 teaspoon dry active yeast

6½ cups all purpose flour

2 eggs

1 egg white, beaten

sultanas (or raisins)

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stir the saffron into the butter and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. While waiting, heat the milk and add the butter and sugar to it.
  4. Pour into a baking bowl. While the mixture is warm to the touch, stir in the yeast.
  5. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Add flour and eggs and mix until smooth.
  7. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  8. Cut the dough into 20 pieces and roll each piece into a long sausage. Roll from each side to the middle.
  9. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  10. Brush with egg white and decorate with sultanas.
  11. Bake until golden. This will take about 15 minutes.
  12. Cool on a wire rack.


Photography by Susanna Blavarg

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