We are doing a bit of Christmas baking over here. We are making Lussebullar ( saffron buns). Making them already is a bit like cheating because you are not really suppposed to eat them until the 13:th of December - The Saint Lucia day. But how fun would life be if you stuck to the rules? No fun at all!
Do you want the recipe? Here goes!
• 300 ml milk
• 1 g saffron
• 50 g baker's yeast
• 150 g sugar
• 125 g butter or 125 g margarine
• 700 g all-purpose flour
• 1 egg
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. Pour the mixture over the finely divided yeast; then add the remaining ingredients (except for the egg and the raisins),
4. Mix into a smooth dough.
5. Cover the dough with a piece of cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes.
6. Knead the dough, divide it into 24 pieces
7. Form each bun into a string, 15-20 cm long, then arrange the string into an S
8. Press a few raisins into the dough.
9. Cover the"Lucia buns" with a piece of cloth and let them rise for 40 minutes.
10. Whip the egg together and paint the buns with the mixture.
11. Bake them for 5-10 minutes in the oven at 250 degrees C until golden brownish yellow.
In my opinion they taste best if you eat them a bit warm.
I knit while I wait for the dough to rise. I am getting a bit desperate you see because I have three gifts for Christmas to knit and I`m a long way from finished! I do this mistake every year. How come I never learn....