Thursday, December 13, 2007
Day 13 - Santa Lucia
Today is Santa Lucia and to celebrate I got up at 5 am to make traditional buns called Lussekatter. They're made with saffron and raisins and are perfect, yeasty, warm, sweet but not too much. My favorite kind of pastry bun.
Now I know I said I was going to keep it simple, so why am I observing a Swedish tradition? My justification is that we do have some Swedish in our family--my brother's lovely girlfriend is Swedish! Also, I have a love of Swedish things--from Pippi Longstocking and Moomins to IKEA and Marimekko. But if I tell the whole truth, I became obsessed with making these cute buns a while ago and figured that it would be perfect to make them for breakfast on Santa Lucia. Well worth getting up early, and it was nice to fill the house with the smell of baking first thing in the morning.
Here's the recipe I followed.