Lussekatter Recipe

Lussekatter are tasty and traditional Swedish-style buns prepared on Christmas. Learn how to make/prepare Swedish Saffron Buns by following this easy recipe.
Lussekatter Recipe
Preparation Time 15 Minutes
Cooking Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty Average
Recipe Type Veg.
Serves 35
Calories Per Serving 169
  • 2 1/8 cups Milk
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 3 (0.6 oz) cakes compressed fresh Yeast
  • 8 oz Quark/ Sour Cream
  • 2 (0.5 gram) packets Saffron (powdered)
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 7½ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Raisins (optional)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
How to make Lussekatter:
  • Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  • Stir until the butter had melted and the temperature reaches to 100 °F (38 °C).
  • Place yeast in a bowl and crumble it.
  • Pour in the warm milk and stir to dissolve yeast.
  • Add quark, saffron, sugar, salt and 7 cups of flour to the yeast mixture. Mix well to form shiny and silky dough.
  • Add more flour the mixture, if required.
  • Cover the dough and allow it to rise for 40 minutes.
  • Take 2 or 3 baking sheets and cover each one with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Turn the dough to a floured surface and divide it into 35 pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a rope about 5 to 6 inches long.
  • Keeping the rope flat on the surface, roll each end towards the center, in opposite directions, to form a curled S-shape.
  • Repeat with the other pieces.
  • Place the buns on the baking sheets and garnish with raisins.
  • Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C).
  • Cover the buns with a towel and let them rise for 30 minutes.
  • Brush each bun with beaten egg and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, till they are puffed and golden.