St. Lucia Buns

Recipe for St. Lucia Buns
Catherine Boeckmann


1 teaspoon salt
1/2 gram saffron threads, crushed
2 cups milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
7-1/2 to 8 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
1/4 cup melted butter
Raisins, 2 per bun (optional)
Glaze: One egg, lightly beaten


Stir salt and saffron into ¼ cup of the warm milk and allow saffron to steep. Dissolve yeast in water. Beat together egg and sugar.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the milk, yeast, and egg mixtures. Slowly beat in 4 cups of the flour and the cardamom (if using), keeping the batter smooth and elastic. Stir in the butter, then add enough flour to form a stiff dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth.

Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning it over to grease the top, cover, and let rise until doubled (about 1-½ hours). Punch down, cover, and let rise again until doubled.

To shape buns, roll dough into 8-inch strands the size of a pencil, and form into crosses with curled ends. Imbed a raisin firmly in the center of each curlicue. Place buns on lightly greased baking sheet and let rise 20 minutes until puffy but not doubled. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.


About 36 buns

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St Lucia

Oh Sharon most if not a good percentage of Christian rituals are all pagan in origin. What the real problem here is those who try to put their beliefs on others in any manner shape or form. Those stones sure hurt. I am happy for you that you renounce the festival of St. Lucia, so let it be just that something that you do not do.

St Lucia

Sharon, this is not the celebration of a pagan god.
Per Wikipedia:
Lucia of Syracuse, also called Saint Lucia or Saint Lucy, was a Christian martyr who died during the Diocletianic Persecution. She is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox churches. Wikipedia
Born: 283 AD, Syracuse, Italy
Died: 304 AD, Syracuse, Italy
Full name: Lucia of Syracuse
Parents: Eutychia
Feast: 13 December; 16 September (duplicate feast in pre-1970 General Roman Calendar);
Canonized: Pre-congregation

St. Lucy's day/ St Lucia Day

Being an descendant of this island, I renounce this celebration it is idolatry and pagan in its origin as they did long ago ''lucy' as they call it is another name for the queen of heaven:
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Jeremiah 7:18. Those who continue to celebrate this god is bringing a curse on themselves their household and upon the nation of St. Lucia, may the Lord God of heaven and earth have mercy on your souls.


I looked at the photo and then I looked at the list of ingredients. Raisins were listed in the directions but not in the list of ingredients, The raisins and amount needed should be in the list of ingredients.

Scandinavian Lucia Predates the Italian Saint

There was Lucia, or Luccia, or Lucy in Nordic countries long before the Italian saint. The tradition of the Lussi bringing back the sunlight marked Jul, or Yule, the shortest day of the year. Along with returning the light, the Lussi also prowled the dark, carrying away naughty children who ventured out on Jul night. Children were safe if they went about with torches, though. This lead to the tradition of, “Star Boys,” accompanying Lucia carrying lights or torches. When the Nordic peoples adopted Christianity, the priests overlay the existing practices of the Lussi procession and the return of the light with the similar-sounding Lucia, or Lucy. There was history and religions in the North long before the Christians ventured toward the Norse realms.
As a proud Luccia descended from Norwegians, the full heritage of my namesake matters as does the accurate history of St. Lucia’s Day.

St. Lucia Buns should have

St. Lucia Buns should have six cups of flour not eight....could barely knead it.

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Thank you for your feedback about making St. Lucia Buns. We’ve made this recipe without the same problem, but have altered the directions to reflect that it may not need up to 8 cups of flour to achieve the correct consistency of dough.