Learn about Sweden’s St Lucia Saffron Buns – The Lussekatt
Lussekatter is a Swedish saffron bun that is made all through December but especially on the 13th of December, what is also known as St Lucia Day. Learn all about this Swedish saffron bun.
What is a Lussekatt?
A Lussekatt is a Swedish saffron bun with raisins that is baked and eaten at the 13th of December as part of the St Lucia tradition. The word lussekatt roughly translates to Lucy cat. The lussekatt is made from a more or less a standard sweet wheat dough which is flavored with saffron. The buns are shaped into different figures, the most common is an S but there are many varieties.
The lussekatt also has a lot of names, besides being called a lussekatt it can also be called lussekuse, lussebulle, dövelskatt, julkuse and dyvelkatt.
What is St Lucia
St Lucia or Saint Lucy is an Italian saint that is celebrated at this day in Sweden. It is a bit unclear how this has become the tradition it is today in Sweden but one explanation is that she was bringing food to prisoners in Rome and to be able to carry as much as possible she lit candles in her hair so she could still see. Below you can watch part of a lucia celebration from Sweden. For more on Saint Lucia you can check out this Wikipedia article.
When to eat it?
The 13th of December is the day to eat a lussekatt but they are available in Sweden during most of December. The most common way to eat it is during the Swedish fika, you simply replace your normal cinnamon bun or cookie with a lussekatt instead. Coffee, glögg or julmust are the preferred thing to drink with it.
How to make it
Well it turns out that we are in luck. Magnus Nilsson from Fäviken Restaurant have made a great video for Mind of a Chef where he shows just how to make some lussekatts. We have added the video below so you can see how they are made. If you want the full recipe just head over to Mind of a Chef.
Ateriet Swedish Christmas Food Series
Here at Ateriet we love the Swedish Christmas Food and we are currently writing about some of the classic drinks and foods of the Swedish Christmas. All our articles on Swedish Christmas can be found here.
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