Lussekatter: Swedish sweets

Lussekatter: Swedish sweets

Lussekatters are soft saffron brioches of Swedish origin for the feast of Saint Lucia: the recipe.

Ingredients for 6 people

  •  90
  •  250 cal x 100g
  •  low
  • Flour (00) 550 g
  • Sugar 100 g
  • Instant yeast (for cakes) 1 sachet
  • Milk 250 ml
  • Butter 100 g
  • Eggs 1
  • Saffron 1 sachet
  • Sultana grapes as required
by Irene Cirillo 

The lussekatter are sweet of Swedish origin typical of the holiday season, especially prepared on December 13 at the feast of Saint Lucia. These soft brioches with an intense yellow color due to the presence of saffron in the dough, carry with them various legends about their symbolism that sees both pagan and religious myths. In any case, we know that color is a clear reference to light and for this reason they are prepared on the day with the most hours of darkness of the year. They are also called the cats of Saint Lucia for their shape. Preparing them is very simple and if you want to taste them according to tradition, accompany them with a cup of hot milk.

Lussekatter preparation

  1. Take a large enough saucepan and start melting the butter over low heat. Also add the milk and saffron in order to have a homogeneous liquid mixture.
  2. Separately, sift the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, mix them, then add the warm milk and work the mixture until you have a soft and homogeneous dough. Cover with a cloth and let rise 40 minutes.
  3. Once the time has passed, resume the dough and obtain many small balls. Flour the work surface and start forming a cylinder about 20 centimeters long from each ball.
  4. Roll the ends of the cylinder towards the center to form an S by rolling one end clockwise and the other clockwise until it closes in the center. Finish by placing a raisin in each rolled center of dough.
  5. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a spoonful of milk and brush the entire surface of the cakes.
  6. Bake in a hot oven at 200 ° C for about 30 minutes, until they are golden and puffy. Then let it cool out of the oven.

Enjoy lussekatters with a cup of hot milk.


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