14 December 2014

Saint Lucia Day

There's something I just love about St. Lucia Day. Maybe it's the idea of flaming candles in a wreath on your head. Or maybe it's the idea that a girl would get up before dawn to bring her parents hot rolls and steaming coffee.

See, what's not to like?

Here's our St. Lucia dolls, made many years ago. We love getting these out at Christmas time.

St. Lucia Day

When Mimi was little she'd toddle around with a doll clutched in each hand, their little pipe cleaner arms all akimbo and occasionally their head would pop off and roll across the floor.


St. Lucia Day

Last summer we got this little tile to add to our decorations.

St. Lucia Day

It even has a recipe for the traditional buns on the back! And we love us some traditional buns!! (recipe below)

St. Lucia Day

Didn't they turn out pretty? I even happened to have the Swedish pearl sugar (from a previous belgian waffle experiment) so we used that for maximum Lucia authenticity.

St. Lucia Day

Mimi approved!

St. Lucia Day

I teased Bella that she would have to put candles on her head and get up before dawn. I love teasing her at this age because she is never quite sure if you are joking or not.

St. Lucia Day

Saint Lucia Buns

Makes 24
Traditionally served by the eldest daughter before sunrise on St. Lucia Day, December 13th.

1/2 cup warm water
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
2/3 cup scalded milk, cooled
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron
5 to 5 1/2 cups flour, divided
1/2 cup raisins
softened butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons sugar

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in butter, milk, sugar, eggs, salt, cardamom, saffron, and 3 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour. Knead until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled. Punch down. Take a lump of cough and make it into a rope. Cut rope into 8-inch lengths. Cross one piece over another forming a cross. Shape a coil at end of each rope, having all coils facing the same way. Place a raisin in the center of each coil. Place rolls on greased baking sheet. Brush lightly with butter. Let rise until puffy, about 30 minutes. Mix egg and water; brush buns lightly. Sprinkle with sugar, bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

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