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Lussekatter( Swedish Saffron Buns)

Swathi Joshnaa Sathish
180 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 People
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ABOUT Lussekatter( Swedish Saffron Buns) RECIPE

The name, Lussekatter, means “Lucia cats” and comes from the way the scrolled buns looks like a cat’s tail and the fact that they are common to serve on Saint Lucia’s Feast Day in December. These Swedish Saffron Buns actually made to resemble a cat ‘s tail. Saffron gives these rolls a beautiful golden color that is accented by dark raisins. The rolls are lightly sweet, and rich enough with eggs and butter.

Recipe Tags

  • Scandinavian
  • Non-veg
  • Easy
  • Christmas
  • Baking
  • Snacks
  • Dessert
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Low Carbs

Ingredients Serving: 10

  1. Plain flour


  1. Soak 1/2 gram saffron in 1/4 cup hot milk .
  2. Mix for 2 minutes .Cover and keep aside for 1 hour for better saffron infusion.
  3. Take 1/4 cup like warm milk . Add 1 teaspoon dry yeast .
  4. Add 1 teaspoon sugar . Mix . Cover and rest the yeast solution to bloom for 10 minutes .
  5. Take 2 cups plain flour in a wide bowl . Add a big pinch of salt .
  6. Add 6 tablespoons powdered sugar . Mix the ingredients .
  7. Add the activated yeast mixture at the centre of the flour .
  8. Add the saffron infused milk .
  9. Add 1 beaten egg .
  10. Start mixing the ingredients with a spatula .
  11. Add 4 tablespoons melted unsalted cooled butter . Knead .
  12. Dust extra flour and knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes or until a smooth dough is achieved .
  13. Dough shouldn’t be too sticky . Should be pliable and bouncy .
  14. Bouncy dough is ready . Cover and rest in a warm place for 60 minutes or until dough size doubles.
  15. Dough has doubled and risen . Punch and knead dough for another 5 minutes .
  16. Divide dough into medium sized balls .
  17. Take each ball and roll it into a snake as shown .
  18. A 6 inch snake is designed like S . Give a spiral shape in opposite directions as shown .
  19. First top then bottom . S shaped buns are again covered and left for proofing .Wait for 30 mins.
  20. Cover and rest .
  21. Final proved Buns are ready to get baked . Preheat oven at 215C .
  22. Insert raisins in opposites on the buns as shown .
  23. Egg wash
  24. the buns for a rich colour .
  25. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until buns turn golden .
  26. Lussekattar/ Swedish Saffron Buns are ready .
  27. Cool the buns on the wire rack . Serve warm buns . They are so fluffy , spongy and flavorful.
  28. Lussekatter is a traditional Swedish Christmas Buns.
  29. These buns are made in advance to celebrate St. Lucia’s Day which falls on December in Sweden. A traditional practice during Christmas time.

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