Swedish saffron buns
Lussekatter are the traditional saffron buns served in Sweden on St Lucy's day and throughout Advent. Made with saffron and two raisins, they are a simple but delicious healthy-ish treat.
Servings 4 people
- 30 g butter
- 100 ml milk
- 10 g fresh yeast
- 25 g sugar
- 0,1 tsp saffron ground
- 160 g flour
- 1 egg
- 12 raisins
- pinch of salt
Combine butter and milk in a small saucepan, set over low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the saffron and let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
When cooled, crush the fresh yeast into the milk mixture and stir to combine.
Combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Pour in yeast mixture and stir in with a spatula until it starts coming together, then knead until homogeneous. Form into a ball and cover with cling film. Let rest for 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes, take about 1/6 of the dough and roll it into a sausage. Swirl both ends to create a reversed S-shape. Repeat and place each saffron bun on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Leave enough room for the buns to grow as they bake. Proof for 20 minutes.
Lightly beat the egg and brush every bun with eggwash. Press a raisin into each swirl. Bake in the preheated oven at 250°C (480°F) for 6-7 minutes.
To make them vegan substitute the butter for margarine and the milk for your favourite plant-based alternative. I have used oat milk many times and I'm always very pleased with the result. Instead of using eggwash, brush the buns with plant-based milk before baking them.
Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg