Bread Baking Babes get festive: Lussekatter

St. Lucia Buns

Saffron Buns


So many names for this festive bread.

I remember hearing about Sweden’s St. Lucia Day when I was in child and seeing the pictures of a young girl in a long white dress with a wreath of burning candles on her head.

Right – a child wearing burning candles on her head.

Not only that, said child, with the burning candle hat, was supposed to serve her parents breakfast in bed.

Now there is a pandemic lock-down goal for all parents this holiday season!

Please let me know how that worked.

Seriously…. according to Judy, of Judy’s Gross Eats, and our host kitchen for this month, the golden color from saffron is supposed to represent light and the beginning of the end of the darkness of winter.

That idea I like.

Abd the buns look pretty tasty, too. They are slightly sweet and flavored with saffron.

And maybe cardamom.

They are finished with raisins.

Or maybe dried cranberries.

As usual, the variety is only limited by the number of Babes.

If you want to try these golden buns, get all the details, the original recipe, and the full story at Judy’s Gross Eats.

These could possible even replace cookies for my Christmas breakfast.

Judy’s Lussekatter

Cathy’s Lussekatter

Karen’s Lussekatter

Tanna’s Lussekatter

Kelly’s Lussekatter

Elle’s Lussekatter

Aparna’s Lussekatter

Elizabeth’s Lussekatter

And that’s it for the Babes in the December.  Happy Holidays to all !

Stay Safe & Healthy…. We’re getting closer to the end….
And keep on wearing your mask!!!

And the Babes are:

The Bread Baking Babes

A Messy Kitchen – Kelly
Bake My Day – Karen
blog from OUR kitchen – Elizabeth
Bread Experience – Cathy
Feeding My Enthusiasms – Elle
Judy’s Gross Eats – Judy
Karen’s Kitchen Stories – Karen
My Diverse Kitchen — Aparna
My Kitchen In Half Cups – Tanna
Notitie Van Lien – Lien

And me…. Thyme for Cooking – Katie

8 thoughts on “Bread Baking Babes get festive: Lussekatter”

  1. Lol, my wreath was battery operated, even over 30 years ago! Mom special ordered it from who knows where back then. I think that is becoming the standard at least in the recent pictures for large ceremonies, they looked like battery lights for both the crown and the procession that follows holding candles. This dough has made me very happy because it seems to be almost identical to the dough used in the bostonkakku-ish coffee cakes that one of our Danish bakeries used to make and have now closed. Just sans saffron. Can’t wait to try to reproduce them.

  2. Oh my!! It hadn’t even occurred to me that there might be zillions of fire alarms going off with all those red sashed, white dressed, candle crowned girls bringing St. Lucia Buns to their parents’ bedrooms. Eeeeek!!

  3. Oh my can I ever relate to the husband with no self-control! The only way to keep him away would be to lock things away…that seems iffy.
    I did really enjoy the making, shaping and eating of these.

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