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Swedish Lucia Buns

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Traditionally, the youngest woman or girl of the household offers these buns to guests, in honor of the Queen of Light Festival at the outset of the Christmas season.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 gram saffron
  • 5 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl.
  2. Stir in milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 2 eggs, the cardamom, salt, saffron and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  4. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  5. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up.
  6. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
  7. Punch dough down; divide into 4 equal parts. Cut each part into 6 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth rope, 10 to 12 inches long. Shape each rope into an S; curve both ends into a coil.
  8. Place a raisin in center of each coil.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheets.
  10. Brush tops lightly with butter; let rise until double, 35 to 45 minutes.
  11. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  12. Mix 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush buns lightly with egg mixture.
  13. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar.
  14. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Makes 24 buns


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