St Lucia Day is the "opening day" of Christmas in Sweden. It traditionally falls on December 13th. St Lucia was the saint of light, and tradition dictates that the oldest daughter would don a wreath of candles and sing to her family while bringing them food in the pre-dawn hours. Saffron scented St Lucia Buns -otherwise known as Lassekatter- are part of that tradition, and these slightly sweet, tender and simply delicious little breads are a fond player in my holiday traditions even though I'm not remotely Scandinavian. I've included instructions for dairy free and gluten free versions as well, so most of us can enjoy these holiday treats.
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