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2nd of Advent Special: Let’s Bake Lussekatter!

Edit December 13th: We have uploaded 24 Christmas Balls patterns which are available digitally, by clicking here.

Happy 2nd of Advent! Today, we are finally back in the kitchen, ready to prepare some delicious “Lussekatter” (saffron buns). These traditional Christmas buns are an essential item to serve during our Lucia celebrations on December 13th. If you’ve never heard of this tradition from Sweden, Norway and the Swedish speaking parts of Finland, you can find more information here.

Check out the baking video below and you’ll find the written recipe at the end of this post.


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150 gr melted butter

5 dl milk

150 gr sugar

13 dl flour

50 gr yeast

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cardamom

1 gr saffron

1 whipped egg to pensel buns

Raisins for decoration

1. Melt butter, add milk and saffron and set aside. Add some of the room temperated milk and butter mixture to the yeast, stir to dissolve the yeast and then add the rest of the liquid.

2. Mix flour, cardamom, salt and sugar into the milk, butter and yeast mixture and work into a dough, preferably using a kitchen aid. Let the dough rest and raise double its original size for about 30 minutes.

3. Add some flour to a surface and work the dough. Cut into approximately 20 pieces and shape them into the tradition s-shape (see video).

4. Put the buns on a baking sheet and let them rest for another 15 minutes while the oven heats to 250 degrees C.

5. Pensel the buns with some whipped egg and add the raisins. Baken in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, until golden.





    • Nancy Wagner on December 9, 2019 at 12:54 am


    Thanks, guys! That was really fun to watch, and they look delicious!
    But the world wants to know….what is Arne working on???

    • Kerry on December 9, 2019 at 1:00 am


    Greetings from Australia! I thoroughly enjoyed this video and will certainly be giving the delicious looking Lussekatter a try. I enjoyed the homely touches while you baked, crocheting, Freja barking and the moose – I felt like I was standing in your kitchen with you. Thank you for your wonderful channel – I only discovered it yesterday. I have nearly finished knitting a pair of socks for my son – the pattern I learned from family in Germany. I knit the English way – throwing the yarn – and I have been trying the Norwegian way – I love it, it is twice as fast!

    • Cindy on December 9, 2019 at 1:41 am


    Off to find good saffron and will make these soon…enjoyed your video! I still make Arne’s Christmas cookies for our family Christmas dinner and other times when I get hungry for them as they are so good with tea!

    • MARTHIE HORN on December 9, 2019 at 3:43 am



    • Debra Kraus on December 9, 2019 at 3:43 am


    Thank you so much…you two were so funny working together and having such fun. I enjoyed hearing the history behind the buns.
    Loved seeing Freya, she is so cute.

    • Marienella on December 9, 2019 at 3:48 am


    Hilarious! You two are my favorite guys. Love this video and also watching the two of you learn how to bake or should I say, “Relearn to bake.” I wish you both a happy and Merry Christmas and keep posting and making us laugh. Great chemistry between the two of you.

    • Barbro on December 9, 2019 at 4:04 am


    Enjoy you two. Spend time watching your videos and picking up on some wonderful ideas. Thank you.

    • Yvonne Horn on December 9, 2019 at 5:32 am


    love your baking skills looks like your having loads of fun merry christmas

    • Lynn Lewis on December 9, 2019 at 6:54 am


    Watching your video was a delightful start to the day. Happy Christmas

    • patty-anne Lea on December 9, 2019 at 8:24 am


    I really enjoyed your company tonight. I make a Scandinavian pancake called Luffsa, we have t Christmas morning with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on it.
    Tomorrow I will make the Lusekatter: and hope it is as good as yours.

    A little sad this Christmas. I am 77 and the last of my family so it will be a very small Christmas. I have a small tree in a plant pot, but there will only be gifts for my two dogs Chelsea and Elmo.
    Blessings, patty-anne

      • Ludmilla on December 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm


      Have a very cozy and pleasant Christmas with your pets. I am also in my 70s and look forward to spending a peaceful day alone, eating and drinking what I want, when I want. (Lots of chocolate.) I will listen to music and knit and re-read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the 55th time. I hope you will enjoy your day, too.

    • Edith Jacobs on December 9, 2019 at 11:25 am


    Thank you for the lovely receipt. Question: do you use 13dl or 13 gr of flour? Thanks for the answer, Edith Jacobs 🐞

      • Harpa Hauksd on December 12, 2019 at 2:53 am


      As you haven´t got an answer jet I decided to give you one 😀
      It is 13dl as 13 grams is very little

      happy baking and merry X-mas

    • Sue Roholt on December 9, 2019 at 1:15 pm


    Loved your fun baking video! Thank you for posting it. I too will be searching for good saffron and making these soon for the holidays.
    Friends coffee and Lusekatter~what a wonderful gift of the video and recipe from the two of you.
    Merry Christmas from New Mexico,USA

    • Debbie on December 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm


    Your baking video was hilarious !! The buns look delicious. I’ve never been successful with yeast, but it was very entertaining to watch you two succeed. Happy Holidays !!

    • sandra on December 9, 2019 at 3:46 pm


    Arne is so silly! 🙂

    • Kathy on December 9, 2019 at 4:58 pm


    Loved the Lussekatter epsiode! I am going to make these.

    • Jutta on December 9, 2019 at 4:59 pm


    Thank you for another fun video and the recipe for these very yummy looking buns.
    Wishing you both a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Armstrong BC!

    • Ellayne Hurlbut on December 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm


    How about dried organic blueberries for eyes for Carlos’ Santa Lucia buns?
    Really love your fun show every Sunday.

    • Ludmilla on December 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm


    Best cooking show ever! Funny, fun, and informative, just like all your videos so far.

    • Jackie on December 9, 2019 at 11:23 pm


    Really enjoy watching your videos! Merry Christmas from Virginia, USA!

    • Jayne shoptaw on December 12, 2019 at 12:25 am


    I discovered you guys buy chance about 2 years ago and was immediately addicted. Your gardening, baking and knitting never fails to inspire me. You’re sooo fun to watch !

    • Pam Harris on December 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm


    Happy St. Lucy Day!

    • jan vinall on December 14, 2019 at 4:17 am


    Great video, love the comic relief aka moose! This Christmas will be very special as we have a brand new grandson to share it with. Merry Christmas from Jan, South Australia. xx

    • sallyg on December 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm


    Absolutely loved this tutorial! So inspired, my husband and I got up at 5:00 am on the 13th to channel my Swedish routes and make our Lussekatter. No candles but we played Swedish Christmas music. We used dried cranberries instead of raisins. Man many thanks to you both.

    • Deb Collins on December 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm


    For those who use a different measuring system, here’s what I ‘think’ the conversion might equal. Don’t quote me, but I think this will work. I’m going to try it today. I have much Scandinavian blood running through my veins, so maybe I have a chance for success? Thank you, Arne and Carlos, for making the world a beautiful place, by sharing your yourselves and your beautiful traditions! We love you and wish you much happiness in your lives!!

    150 gr melted butter (1 cup)
    5 dl milk (2 cups)
    150 gr sugar (1 cup)
    13 dl flour (5 1/2 cups)
    50 gr yeast (1/4 cup)
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsp cardamom
    1 gr saffron (1/4 tsp)
    1 whipped egg to pensel (brush) buns
    Raisins for decoration

      • Michele on December 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm


      I’m thinking 1/4 cup (50g) of yeast is way too much.

        • Michele on December 16, 2019 at 7:01 pm


        Perhaps the difference is fresh vs dry active. 50g fresh = 16.7g dry active

          • sue on April 24, 2020 at 3:29 am


          for this amount of flour, 2 sachets of active dry yeast.

    • Nicole on December 16, 2019 at 1:42 pm


    Good laugh watching you. You both are great. Thanks for sharing. Please show us the moose.

    • Mila Vieira on December 18, 2019 at 7:53 pm


    Hi Arne and Carlos! I Laugh so much with you guys. Arne have the same humor as I do so, thank you for recording the most hilarious vídeo I have ever seen from you! I am trying this recipe for sure. Have a very happy holidays you two, thank you for sharing!

    Mila Vieira (Portugal)

    • sue on April 24, 2020 at 3:21 am


    in Fahrenheit, 250C is a d**n hot oven ! almost 500 F –better be safe and go with 475F

    • Patsy Bright on May 2, 2020 at 10:10 pm


    Hi, Arne & Carlos,
    I could never find your pattern for the Short Row Heel sock. How can I find this pattern. I watched the video with Arne & Carlos but I need more info. I’ve been using the Ger an Short Row Heel but I keep getting holes where the heel is.
    Thank you. Patsy.

    • Marylou on November 19, 2020 at 7:39 pm


    Love you guys. A great grand mother from colorado rocky mountains

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