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Celebrate Lucia Day with Swedish Saffron Buns (or a Cake)

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Swedish Saffron Buns by Anna Brones

December 13th marks the celebration of Lucia Day, an essential tradition on the Swedish holiday calendar. This is where all of the photos of children dressed in long white dresses with red sashes and wreaths in their hair come from. Ultimately, it’s a celebration of light – which is no surprise given the dark, Swedish winter – and whoever is crowned Lucia wears a wreath of candles in her hair.

The traditional treat served on Lucia Day is saffron buns. Bright yellow from the spice, these sweet, yeasted buns are formed into a variety of shapes (some of which are pictured in this vintage illustration) and served with a cup of coffee or mug of glögg.

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Want to celebrate Lucia Day yourself? Here are a few recipes to help:

Swedish Saffron Buns – This is the classic recipe, complete with a few more illustrations of different forms that you can make.

Swedish Saffron Cake

Saffron Cake with Hazelnut and Whiskey Filling – I always like making a cake out of the saffron bun dough, and filling it with almond paste. This year I did something a little different and made the filling out of hazelnuts. With a dash of whiskey for good holiday cheer!

Saffron Bun Cookies – A gluten-free recipe, inspired by the traditional saffron buns. The cookies are made with rice flour and ground almonds, then twisted into the classic saffron bun shapes.

Glad Lucia!

Images: Anna Brones, Viriditas

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Written by Anna Brones

December 11, 2015 at 21:33

Fika Featured in Saveur Magazine

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Every year the food and cooking magazine Saveur does the Saveur 100 – essentially their list of 100 dishes, people, restaurants, ingredients that food lovers will take inspiration from. I am so honored that my upcoming book Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break got a mention. Spot #6 as dedicated to “Snacking Like a Swede,” and the Fika book not only got a mention, but one of the recipes was featured as well: Swedish Cinnamon and Cardamom Bread.

There are some other pretty cool things on the Saveur 100 list – like using burnt toast as an ice cream topping (?!) and sharpening Japanese knives with newspaper – so get your hands on a copy if you can.

Written by Anna Brones

January 19, 2015 at 07:35