St. Lucia Buns are a saffron flavored bun traditionally served in Sweden on Dec. 13 in celebration of St. Lucia Day.
The buns are also referred to as lussekatt (Lucia cat). The shape of the bun is meant to symbolize the face of a cat with the raisins as the eyes.
This is an enriched bread with a lot of fat. The end result is a soft bun that browns very quickly.
Keep an eye on them in the oven and make sure you set a timer. I learned this the hard way with my first batch. They can overcook very quickly.
Also, saffron tends to be a little expensive if bought locally. Try buying online from Amazon. You’ll be buying in bulk, but then you’ll have it on hand to make paella.
These buns are great toasted with a little butter. They are also great fresh with some jam.
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