Lucia’s cats or lussekatter

lussekatt pastry saffron bun swedish love affair pastries with raisinsI told you the other day I’d be baking something typically Swedish with saffron! What I made was lussekatter, which translated into English means something like Lucia’s cats. And the Lucia in question is Santa Lucia. Her eyes were so beautiful, that they were admired by anyone who looked into them. So, in the act of chastity, she tore them out. For this great sacrifice God gave her a pair of even prettier eyes! So Santa Lucia is the protector of the blind and the saint of the light. Her day is the 13th of December, and celebrating it means bringing more light into the long Swedish winter nights.

And hoping for more light, every year around this time, we eat a lot of lussekatter, Lucia’s cats.saffron bun pastry lussekatt lussebulle swedish love affairsaffron bun lussekatt lussebulle pastry pastries swedish love affairsaffron buns raisins pastry lucia lussekatt swedish love affairsaffron pastries buns brush egg swedish love affairlussekatter saffron buns pastries swedish love affairitalian Greyhound male grey small dogsaffron pastries buns lussekatt swedish love affair

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24 Responses to Lucia’s cats or lussekatter

  1. cupcake says:

    Beautiful but that picture with your dog cracks me up (FOOD)…my dogs are the same way!
    cupcake

  2. Migg says:

    hahaha, that picture of Greger! “give me at least one of those cats!”

  3. Looks delicious! Will you be posting the recipe?
    -Jordana

  4. Cee says:

    These treats looks delicious (I can tell Greger agrees!) and so pretty, too. I know someone has already mentionned it, but I would love to see the recipe :)
    xox,
    Cee

  5. Milla says:

    I feel as though I can smell them!! Can you please give us the recipe? They look so tasty – great photographs, of course!

  6. louise says:

    Does saffron make them so yellow? or is it just food color?

  7. Sv: Tack så mycket!

    Fint blogginlägg. Just det du skrev om Lucia visste inte jag. Så det var kul att få veta det. Hoppas lussekatterna blev goda! De såg goda ut iallafall. :)

  8. lamia says:

    Yummy!! looks delicious!!! they seem like some Moroccan bakeries!!! ;)
    xoxo
    lamia
    http://ginger-chocolateandhoney.blogspot.com/

  9. Linda says:

    They look delicious, Antonia! You’re a real saffron expert!

  10. Patricia says:

    I really enjoy the informational history you provide for everything! It draws me in. Keep it up! :)

  11. Meleonie ♥ says:

    Ooh, I like the story behind lussekatter – they look great! <3

  12. I made them! I actually made them! And they’re so good! Thanks Antonia.
    -Jordana

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