Thursday, December 13, 2012

13th: Saint Lucia Saffron Buns Recipe

Christmas Calendar, Day 13

For the Hungry: Saffron Buns

December 13th is celebrated as Saint Lucia's Day back home, and it is tradition to make these yellow buns which are flavored with saffran. Yum!

PS: Don't have your husband/boyfriend helping you, unless you want buns in the shapes of moustaches or sinus waves :)

How to:

Heat milk and butter together with the saffron until butter has melted. Take off stove and pour into a mixing bowl.

Add the sour cream and the sugar, mix.

Mix the yeast and the salt into a cup of flour, and then add to the mix (mix should be quite warm to wake up the yeast, but still cool enough to touch with your finger).

Add the egg, mix.

Add more flour until the texture is good, not to dry, the dough should still be quite sticky.

Cover bowl with a kitchen towel, and let rise for an hour.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for a couple of minutes. Pick the dough into smaller pieces (10-15? we did 8... a bit too big!) and start rolling them out into long "sticks". Then you can do them into all kinds of shapes (apparently), but the traditional one's are the curled "S", Princess Leya-looking buns and braids.

Place on parchment paper onto your baking sheet, cover and let rise until doubled (30-50 minutes).

Mix together the other egg and a tablespoon of milk, then brush the buns with the mixture. Decorate with raisins if you like.

Bake in preheated oven (440 degrees Fahrenheit) for 8-10 minutes, until  golden brown.

Really good when they are still warm, together with milk of course!

PS: You might not find saffron at your usual grocery store, but they usually have it in for example Indian food markets.


  1. What does saffron taste like? I dont think I have ever had it, but am a sucker for warm, homeade break :)

    1. the buns are quite sweet, saffron is used a lot in indian food (the yellow rice) along with other christmassy tastes :)

    2. Oh, and you might need to go to your local indian food market to get the saffron, ours had it at the cashier's.