Lussekatter -Swedish Saffron Buns

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May. 07, 2015

Lussekatter, or Swedish Saffron Buns (or Saffransbullar) are a Swedish Christmas tradition, especially when you shape them into Lussekatter! Lightly sweet, these would make a great Christmas breakfast with hot coffee.


Saffron threads 1/2 Teaspoon
Brandy/Cognac 1 Teaspoon
Milk 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Melted butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sugar 6 Tablespoon
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Dry yeast 1/4 Ounce (1 package)
Flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
Eggs 2 (not to be used at the same time)
Raisins 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) (plus 20 raisins)
Egg yolk 1



1.Preheat oven to 400F.

2.In a small bowl, crumble saffron into brandy and allow to soak for 24 hours.

3.Line baking sheet with parchment paper.


4.In a large mixing bowl of mixer, scald milk and add butter, sugar and salt to it. Allow to cool for few minutes.

5.Add yeast and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Mix soaked saffron and brandy into mixture. Stir well.

6.Add half of flour, one egg and mix until well combined.

7.Add remaining flour and cup of raisins. Mix well until soft dough forms.

8.Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes.

9.Divide the dough into 12 portions, each about 2.5 ounces in weight.

10.Roll each portion into snake for about 4 inches long, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

11.Roll to form to S-shape as shown in the video. Tuck raisin to curve of each end.

12.Transfer to baking sheet, cover again and allow to rise in a warm place for 60-90 minutes.

13.Beat one egg in a small bowl and brush over buns.

14.Pop into oven and bake for 10 minutes.


15.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 243Calories from Fat 80

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.8%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 99 mg4.13%

Total Carbohydrates 35 g11.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 10 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet