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JennaSand's picture
This is a family recipe from Swedien, they are typically eaten on December 13, but we serve them for the holidays
  Milk 300 Milliliter
  Saffron 1 Gram
  Baker's yeast 50 Gram
  Sugar 150 Gram
  Butter/Margarine 125 Gram
  All purpose flour 700 Gram
  Egg 1
  Salt To Taste
  Raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

1. Melt butter or margarine in a pan and add the milk and the saffron.
2. Warm the mixture to 37 oC (100 oF).
3. Use a thermometer; the correct temperature is important!
4. Pour the mixture over the finely divided yeast; then add the remaining ingredients (except for the egg and the raisins), which should have a temperature of 21-23 oC (72-75 oF).
5. Mix into a smooth dough.
6. Cover the dough with a piece of cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes.
7. Knead the dough, divide it into 25-30 pieces and form each piece into a round bun.
8. Let the buns rest for a few minutes, covered by a piece of cloth.
9. Form each bun into a string, 15-20 cm long, then arrange the string in a suitable shape, e.g. an S or double S. Regardless of the shape, the ends of the string should meet.
10. Press a few raisins into the dough.
11. Cover the"Lucia cats" with a piece of cloth and let them rise for 40 minutes.
12. Whip the egg together with a few grains of salt, and paint the"Lucia cats" with the mixture.
13. Bake them for 5-10 minutes in the oven at 250 oC (475 oF) until golden brownish yellow.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Ready In: 
130 Minutes
Saint Lucia buns

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 397 Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.3%

Saturated Fat 6 g30.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 42.5 mg14.2%

Sodium 52.7 mg2.2%

Total Carbohydrates 66 g22%

Dietary Fiber 2.9 g11.5%

Sugars 18.4 g

Protein 10 g19.5%

Vitamin A 6.1% Vitamin C 0.4%

Calcium 4.6% Iron 23.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Hyde.Ray's picture
whats that flag for? whats so special about 12/13?
JennaSand's picture
The flag that I have represents me, I am Polish. My husband is Swedish. December 13th in Sweden is St. Lucia day. This is when children dress up, girls especially in white with candle crowns and celebrate St. Lucia.
Lussekatter Recipe, Saint Lucia Buns