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Saffron Buns Again

30 Nov

This week I’m spending a lot of time with my 6-year-old niece here in Stockholm and yesterday we made saffron buns after school. Since saffron bun are called lussekatt in Swedish, where the katt means cat (Does anyone know why these buns are called this? Anyone? Please?) we associated away and started shaping the buns in different shapes of animals. The recipe is the same as last time.

Snail, rabbit, elephant, cats and a snowman before the heat in the oven…

Fancy a saffron-snail anyone?



Jag tillbringar mycket tid med min 6-åriga systerdotter den här veckan och igår bakade vi lussekatter. Fria associationer på ordet katt ledde till massa olika lussedjur. Är det någon som vet varför det heter lussekatt? 

Saffron Buns and Glögg Evening

28 Nov

Yesterday afternoon I baked saffron buns, or lussekatter as they are called in Swedish. A traditional cake made for Advent and Christmas in Sweden. And in the evening we had a small First Advent-gathering with glögg, saffron buns and gingerbreads, really delicious. 

You need this:

50 g yeast

150 g melted butter

5 dl milk

250 g kvarg (simliar to cottage cheese but less granular and more sour)

1 teaspoon salt

2 dl sugar

1,5 g saffron

1 egg (+1 egg to brush the buns before baking)

16 dl flour


Mix butter, milk and saffron and heat until it’s lukewarm. Pour the buttermilk over the yeast in a bowl and add kvarg, salt and sugar. Then add almost all flour and work the dough until it’s shiny and has a nice feel to it. Let it rise until doubled (approx. 1 hour) and then work the dough on a table before you divide it to small pieces. The recipe above gives 50 of the ordinary S-kind. When the dough is formed and ready, let it rise again and then add raisin and brush the buns with a slightly beaten egg. Bake at 250 degrees Celsius for 10-15 min.

The traditional ones on the right and I also did some special ones…

Classic S-shaped saffron buns.

These ones I filled with butter, almondpaste, raisins, sugar and chopped almonds. 

Just fresh out of the oven. 

A table set for glögg and First Advent-celebration. The first candle is lit. 

Glögg! With special-shaped gingerbreads as decoration. 

Now I’m off to Stockholm to be a full-time aunt (to my sister’s darling daughter) for the week, I don’t really know when I’ll be able to write again – but hopefully soon.



Igår eftermiddag bakade jag lussekatter, några vanliga och några lite mer speciella. På kvällen firade vi in första advent medan stormen Berit ven utanför fönstret.