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.|
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!)