St. Lucia Day

Coffee, a Lucia bun, and the book Lucia, Child of Light

Well, we're still not Swedish.  We're Heinz 57 American, with strong German on my side, English on my husband's.  Big Sis doesn't get up early, wearing a lit crown, bringing us buns and coffee.  But in honor of St. Lucia's Day, I made Lussekatter, or Lucia buns!  

I even shelled out for saffron.  Thank you, Fresh Market, for carrying it in such tiny amounts.



As for recipes, there are quite a few floating around the internet, not to mention what you might find in various cookbooks.  The basics are the same.  Aside from adding a pinch of cardamom, this is the one I used, mainly because I had everything else. Except butter.  I had one stick of butter, so I halved the recipe.  I didn't need 20 buns anyway.

This is what saffron sitting in melted butter looks like.

This is saffron and butter in milk.

The dough really is a golden color.  The girls kept drifting in to tell me how good it smelled.

Rise, my pretty dough, rise!

My not-so-pretty S shapes.  Don't laugh at me, this was my first time!  

So I was out of regular raisins.  You may have gathered that I didn't feel like going to the store, so I made do with golden raisins.  They browned in the oven anyway.
 Yes, they were delicious.  We ate some for breakfast, and I even let Little Sis have a tiny bit of coffee.  Really, it was more like half a miniature mug full of milk, with a splash of coffee and a little sugar.  She didn't even finish it.

And this little guy was in their Advent calendar bag today.  We'll see more Dala horses in Lindsborg tomorrow, but this one came via World Market.

Also in their Advent calendar bag today?  Tickets to see Junie B. in  Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at the children's theatre tonight!

Tomorrow, we head to Lindsborg, KS, "Little Sweden U.S.A.," for their Lucia Fest.  We will walk around, shop, follow the Lucia procession to the church.  Then we'll be rushing home to make it to The Nutcracker in the evening!  

I'll leave you with this lovely, funny "Lucia in Sweden for Dummies" video.  (Don't look at me, I didn't name it!)




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  1. haha - love the Dummies video! FUN! Happy St. Lucia Day - have fun tomorrow!

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    1. Isn't it funny??? Thanks! I hope we're not overdoing it, but isn't that what this time of year is about? Overdoing it? ;)

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  2. wow you are so amazing!!!! so impressed! yeast dough baking scares me. love the dala horse! have a GREAT time at the Junie B show, that sounds so fun!!!!

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    1. Yeast baking isn't hard! It really isn't, I promise. Junie B was a blast!

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  3. The buns look so yummy! Hope u have a great time at your shows- enjoy the nutcracker! ;) Merry weekend xoxoxo

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    1. The buns were quite tasty! My husband normally hates saffron, but he's only tasted it in savory dishes. In a slightly sweet bread, it's something else. He loved them! Excited for The Nutcracker. The girls saw the shortened version on a field trip yesterday, since their school's dance teacher was in it. :) have a lovely weekend! xoxo

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  4. Mmm, I can almost taste those yummy buns you made. They look incredible! xo Jennifer

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    1. They are so very good! Especially with hot coffee. :) xoxo

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  5. SO cool. I've been fascinated with St. Lucia Day ever since I read about it as a kid in the American Girls series. (Kirsten)

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    1. We read that book last year! I wanted a Kirsten doll, but by the time the catalog came to our house, I felt I was a little too old for dolls, except for the collectible, breakable kind. My sister still has her Samantha from those days, though!

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