Swedish Lucia Rolls Veg

On Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

These rich saffron buns are a traditional Swedish Christmas treat. They’re delicious with a cup of coffee.

  • Over 2 hours preparation time

  • 30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

  • Makes 12 rolls


  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • 250ml/9fl oz tepid milk
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strong white flour
  • 7g/¼oz sachet of fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g/1¾oz golden caster sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 100g/3½oz Quark cheese
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • handful of raisins

Preparation method

  1. Grease a baking tray. Soak the saffron in the milk for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Stir the melted butter into the milk and saffron mixture and pour into the well. Add the Quark cheese.
  3. Stir together briefly, then bring together as a dough. Knead on a floured surface for 10 minutes, or until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 1½-2 hours until well risen.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  5. Knock back the dough and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each into a rectangle about 20cm/8in long. Twist each into an ‘S’ shape, as tight as possible. Place on the prepared baking sheet and cover loosely. Leave for 30-45 minutes or until puffed up.
  6. Brush the rolls with the egg yolk, then place one raisin in the centre of each circle (two raisins per roll).
  7. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
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