Blogmas day 15

As part of the Lucia tradition we (Swedish people) also make special Christmas buns called ‘Lussekatter’ as they have the shape of cats? They are famous for their shape and yellow colour (from the saffron) which makes them easy to spot from afar.


My mum was nice enough to send me some saffron from and the recipe from Sweden so that I could make some this year. I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

What you need to make ‘Lussekatter’ (16)

Ingredients for Lussekatter

63 gram butter
2 sachets of saffron
2.25 dl milk
0.75 dl sugar
6 gram dried yeast
1/4 tsp salt
7.5 dl flour

How to make ‘Lussekatter’

  1. Make sure the butter is soft so leave it out in room temperature for a while first.
  2. Poor the saffron in a few drops of water and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the milk to finger warm.
  4. Mix all the ingredients but don’t use all the flour in one go. After mixing all the other ingredients I gradually add flour. I poured in 3 dl each time and then half a dl and for my buns this was enough.
  5. Leave to proof until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. Divide the dough into two pieces and continue halving until you have 16 equal big size balls.
  7. Roll out each ball to a long worm if you like and the roll back each end on opposite sides until they meet.Making of Lussekatter
  8. Put on oven tray and proof again for at least an hour.
  9. Bake in oven 250°C for 8-10 minutes. The time all depends on what type of oven you have so don’t leave the buns unattended.

Saffron is such a nice spice, love the colour it gives and the taste. Have you got any good saffron recipes to share, savoury or sweet?

Jennie xx