Norwegian Recipes: Lussekatter!

I am back with another Norwegian recipe! Yesterday was St. Lucia day so I decided to make some Lussekatter, also known as Saffron buns or St. Lucia buns. Wait let’s rephrase that. I tried to make Lussekatter. To be honest I never really knew the story of St. Lucia day, but after some googling I found some information that seems accurate and according to my memories.

” Saint Lucia Day is on 13 December, in Advent. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feast day has become a festival of light. In Scandinavia, where Lucy is called Lucia, she is represented by a person dressed in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In both Norway and Sweden, girls (or sometimes boys) dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. It is said that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.”  –Wikipedia” 

I am adding in a picture so you can see that its kind of cute, but cartoon style because I don’t want to be a creeper and add a picture of someone else’s child on my blog.  If you do a google search for St.Lucia day, you can see real life images :)

st.lucia day : lussekatter

st.lucia day: lussekatterTo me, St. Lucia brings back memories of my kindergarden days where we would dress up in white, wear the headband, bake Lussekatter/Saffron buns and parade through the kindergarden singing songs. Writing this out, I agree it sounds weird and maybe even a little bonkers, but it was fun and the buns are amazing!

On to the recipe. I found it on “Matglede“, which is a free Norwegian recipe app made by Tine, one of the larger dairy brands in Norway (I checked and its available in the us iTunes as well). Its usually really good and they have some great recipes in there. The only problem this time around was that the instructions were a little off. One little detail was not right and because its been a year since I made saffron buns last, I followed the recipe and it got messed up! So here is what I did and what you should do instead!

Start by pulling out all your tools and ingredients! You’ll need:

1 1/3 stick/150 grams of butter

2 1/4 cup/5 dl Milk

2 small packets (of the 3 pack) /50 gram yeast

1 g saffron

2/3 cup/150 grams of sugar

0.5 tsp salt

4 1/2-5 cups/13 dl flour

1 egg, plus one for brushing


St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

1. Stir together all the dry ingredients, except the saffron. Here is where I got tricked partly by the recipe and party by the fact that I was multitasking while baking. Not always a good idea. 

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

2. Melt butter, add milk, saffron and bring it to about 99 degrees fahrenheit (37 celcius)

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

3. Combine all the ingredients and let it sit in a room temperature area for 30-40 min. Make sure you don’t have any cold draft coming from a window or similar. Yeast likes it warm. This is where your dough should look like a pretty yellow sun color and my dough still has saffron flakes all over…uh.

St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

4. Take out the dough, add some flour to a working surface and start kneading it. Cut it into pieces depending on how large you want your buns to come out. Remember they will double in size from what you make at this stage. St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

5. Roll the strings into 8’s and add raisins. These should be yellow by now…St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

6. Stir together one egg in a small bowl and brush the buns lightly on top.

7. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let them sit for 30-40 min. The longer they sit, the more the yeast rises. If you use rapid yeast 20-30 might be enough. I usually just go do something else during the wait times. Like clean up my mess! St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!

8. Preheat the oven to 450 Fahrenheit or 225 Celsius and bake for 5-8 min depending on how big they are.

Don’t judge a book by its cover! Its the inside that counts right? They tasted really good! St. Lucia Day: Lussekatter!Have you ever made some? Is this totally weird? Let me if you liked the post!

Until Next Time, Hadet på Badet!




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