My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile


S:t Lucia and SAFFRON BREAD - The Recipe

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My brothers daughter Emma as Lucia S:t Lucia

Saffron Bread - A Swedish Recipe - Lussekatter

This is as I promised earlier the recipe of the very traditional Swedish saffron bread called Lussikatter. This is the bread we eat during Advent, for the day of S:t Lucia that is on the 13th of December and Christmas.

For the saffron dough:

50 g yeast (1,76 ounces)
150 g butter (5,5 ounces)
5 dl milk (17 fl ounces)
1 can (each containing 250 grams) smooth cottage cheese
2 package (each 0.5 g) saffron
1.5 dl granulated sugar 5 fl ounces
0.5 teaspoons salt (or not)
about 17 dl wheat flour (57 fl ounces)

2 dl raisins - add raisins after the first ‘rest’
1 egg - brush/glace the buns with an egg just before you put them into the oven.

This is how you make the dough:

1. Down with the yeast in a bowl, divide it with your fingers.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Pour in the milk, stir and heat to 37 C (luke warm).

3. Pour some of liquid mixture over the yeast and stir until it is dissolved.

4. Add the rest of liquid, smooth cottage cheese, saffron, sugar and salt. Most of the flour and work the dough thoroughly… ah…a bit more yes it take time oh… hard work. Cover the bowl with the dough and rest for 30-45 min.

5. Pick up the dough on a floured working surface. Here I add a lot of raisins in my dough because I love raisins in the bread (2 dl) knead it smooth and shiny. Divide the dough into 4 parts and then each part into 8 parts.(or more) Roll out each part to ‘string’ and roll the ends towards the middle like and ‘S’put them on the baking sheet.
This is the most common shape but you can make it into different shapes and they are all called different names. Press raisins in the ‘holes’ of the ‘S’ press properly. Allow to rest for to double the size of 20-30 minutes.

6. Brush the bread with an egg.

7. Bake Lussekatter in the middle of the oven 225 ° C for about 8 minutes.


Do you remember Frances (Fairegarden) wonderful post?

Mad about saffron

photo: Frances (Fairegarden)

More Saffron bread posts

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joey said...

Enjoy this beautiful feast day, dear Tyra. Thank you for sharing your treasured recipe ... one question, are creamed cheese/cottage cheese the same (smooth creamed cheese in ingredients/cottage cheese in directions ...both different here ... plus need to convert, wishing to try this special treat.) Holiday hugs.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Joey, it is smooth cottage cheese. 250gram should be about 9 ounces. Often I actually skip the smooth cottage cheese.
Good Luck/ Tyra

Lotta said...

So Lovely! =) Lucia är en så mysig morgon, har precis tittat på tv med kaffekopp i handen =) Tvärr har inte energin räckt till lussebak i år men det finns ju butiker..... Ha en riktigt härlig Luciadag, kramen 8`)

Anja said...

Ser otroligt gott ut Tyra! Ha en trevlig Luciadag!

mvh, Anja

VP said...

Yummmm! I love it when bloggers share their traditions and recipes :)

Have a great weekend Tyra!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Emma looks really cute as St. Lucia and the bread--yummy!

Ha en trevlig dag!

mormor Hannele said...

Underbar Luciabild, snart ska jag träffa årets lilla Lucia, ha en mysig Luciadag, kram.

Madeleine said...

Finaste Lucia vi haft.

Ha en trevlig Lucia

Jan said...

This sounds delicious. I just might have to give it a try. I do most of my bread baking during the holidays, and am always looking for something new to try.

Always Growing

tina said...

It is so pretty! I was going to mention France's post as I immediately thought of it when I saw your title.

patientgardener said...

That looks lovely - might give it a whirl

Frances said...

Hi Tyra, thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious. Thanks also for the link, I have had several visitors to my blog from here. :-) The girls look so lovely as St. Lucia, it must be a high honor to have the candles on one's head. We have nothing like that here in the states, where I live anyway, although we did do the advent candle lighting when we lived in Pennsylvania. Great job, Tyra!

Piondröm said...

Luciafirande tycker jag är en mysig tradition som vi ska värna om.
Lussekatter med saffran är ju såå goda.
Ha en trevlig helg

Chandramouli S said...

Whoa! That's the first time I'm laying eyes on a saffron flower. Now I too want it. :D Great pic Tyra!

Sunita said...

Tyra, that photo with your niece looks so beatiful! She's very, very pretty.
One question : how are the candles fitted onto the hair? And what stops the wax from dripping onto her and hurting her? (oh, that's two, but I hope you dont mind)
Tyra, that bread looks so scrumptious! I must try making it. I dont know if we get smooth cottage cheese. There's only one type that I've seen here and that is the Indian cottage cheese called 'paneer'.
Thanks for being so generous and sharing your recipe.

Gardenlife said...

Hej Tyra!

Det doftar saffran ända hit...härligt! ; )

Marie said...

Koseleg innlegg :) Eg laga safranbrød med barna i barnehagen i veka som var.

Ha ein fin kveld :)

Lindab said...

Thanks for this receipe. I'll have to try this - my husband studied Swedish at university, and this will bring back memories of his time in Sweden.

Jema Rose said...

TACK snälla du för din gulliga kommentar..!

: )

STOR kram från Jenny


Ha en fin ny vecka!

inadvertentfarmer said...

Yummy, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing you recipe, Kim

Roses and Lilacs said...

What a lovely photo of your niece!

I remember Frances' blog, I hadn't know saffron came from crocus.

Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments I hope I have inspired some of you to try to bake this bread it is so delicious.

If you can't find smooth cottage cheese just skip that I often bake the bread without it. Sunita do not take the paneer it is not the same thing.


Anonymous said...

This is such a great story and love the pic of you brother's daughter. Lucia brings light to Sweden--sounds like a beautiful story and I'll go read it. That church is amazing.

mormor Hannele said...

Här doftar det pepparkaka, maken ska bygga ett skottsk slott.. Kram.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Anna, Yes, we are lucky to have the Lucia tradition. It is so very nice.

Hej Hannele det låter jättefint, själv funderar jag på en fyr...

sowing the seeds said...

Thankyou Tyra for a wonderful, scrumptious post. I love the sound of your delicious bread, will have to try making some. I would love to grow Saffron crocus here, but have had trouble sourcing plants...maybe I will find one soon I hope. Also love your post about India, the plants there are so exotic and just stunning.