Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Saffron buns (Lussebullar)

On December 13th we celebrate something called Lucia here in Sweden. Lucia is when girls and boys gather and walk in long trains while wearing white full-length gowns, holding candles and singing songs, it sounds quite strange but it is really beautiful! 
The procession is headed by a girl dressed as the Lucia, she wears a crown with candles on it and she is defiantly the center of attention. This happens early in the morning while it is still dark outside and a long time ago they used to walk around outside and go from door to door now people just watch it on TV. 
In my dorm we have the tradition that one year the girls wake the boys up, we walk in to their rooms in the morning sing songs and then we all eat breakfast together. It's really cozy! This year it was the guys turn so I was woken up by five guys singing songs holding candles, so funny! But I take that over my alarm clock any day of the week! 
Anyway, the weeks surrounding this day we eat these buns called Lussebullar. I used to make these with my mom a lot when I was little! I know that I'm a little late with the recipe but i had my exam on the 16th so i didn't have time to make them last week.. but better late then never! 

What you need:
150g butter
5dl milk
50g yeast
1.5dl sugar
250g quark 
1 egg
0.5 teaspoon salt
1.5g saffron
17dl flour

2 eggs

How you make them:
Step1: Melt the butter and add the milk.
Step2: Crumble the yeast in a bowl and pour the milk and butter over it and let the yeast dissolve and then add the saffron.
Step3: Add the rest of the ingredients (except for two of the eggs and the raisins) but save the flour as the last one and add it one dl at a time. When you have added all the ingredients put a towel over the bowl and leave it for 30 minutes and let it rise.

Step4: Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Celcius.
Step5: You should be able to work with the dough without getting anything stuck on your hands, if that is not the case just sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough and work it in to the dough and keep doing so till it is the way it is supposed to be. 
Step6: Shape the dough into a loaf and then cut it into 6 pieces that are the same size, and then cut each of those into 5 separate pieces. Now you can start shaping them. 
You always start by rolling a small piece of dough out so that it looks like a sausage and then you shape it like the picture below. I also made a giant braid! 

Step7: Spread out some baking paper on baking sheets (about 3 or 4 of them) and then place the buns on the baking paper with about 5cm between each one because they will double in size! 
Step8: Place a kitchen towel over each sheet and leave them for 20 minutes and let them rise (again). 

Step9: Place the raisins where you want them and press them into the dough so that they dont fall off when you eat them.
Step10: Whisk the two eggs together and with a brush cover the buns with it. 
Step11: Bake one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven for 5 to 8 minutes until they're golden brown on top and then take them out and let them cool. Voila! You're done! 

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