Yellow dough makes good buns

Remember that I mentioned the Swedish tradition of people drinking glögg and eating saffron buns? Well, this tradition extends over the entire festive season: say, December and January.

When I first tasted these Lucia buns of saffron, I wondered why on earth anyone would eat something that tasted of medicine and looked as if it were made out of neon yellow plasticine.

However, just like facial hair, the buns grow on you (as it were) and I do enjoy a saffron bun or three at Christmas time.

The Swedes usually make them in the traditional S shape (so that they look like sleeping cats), but in our household, we do not like to be constrained by tradition and we create all kinds of fantastic figures: letters of the alphabet, horses, dogs, snails, flowers, toadstools, snowmen – you name it!

I may not be able to cook, but now and then, I can manage some successful baking!

For more traditions around the world, please visit: My World!

49 responses

  1. Oh, you always bring a big smile to my face, Ladyfi! And today was no exception! I love all of your clever saffron buns — would love to taste one! What a fun post as always and great shots as well! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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    December 29, 2009 at 06:28

  2. Getting hungry seeing this.

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    December 29, 2009 at 06:39

  3. like facial hair, the buns grow on you
    love that!
    the buns sure look deliciously yumm

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    December 29, 2009 at 06:48

  4. It looks very yummieeeeeeeee…….
    I have also Dutch traditions on my blog,
    I love it also to baking !!!!

    Happy Holidays
    Happy NewYear
    keep blogging in 2010 🙂

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    December 29, 2009 at 06:50

  5. Looks delicious. Would love to have one myself.

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    December 29, 2009 at 07:10

  6. Lady Fi, you have great buns! 🙂 Thanks also for stopping by my blog!

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    December 29, 2009 at 07:14

  7. Yummy!

    Cheers for the New Year!

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    December 29, 2009 at 07:23

  8. Oooo I like the bun that looks like a doggie!

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    December 29, 2009 at 08:14

  9. And I can’t even bake! or the last time I ever did was second year high school baking class. Your buns I’m sure are yummy!

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    December 29, 2009 at 08:18

  10. You make me laugh! And the buns look yummy to me!

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    December 29, 2009 at 08:22

  11. Amy

    Hmmmm, tastes like medicine eh? Not very tempting…I still haven’t tried these, even though we’ve made them in barnehage for years…they tell me they taste dry…ugh, nasty, baked goods should be somewhat moist…not dry…so I’ve avoided them and there is just something about the yellow colour..don’t know what it is…but perhaps if we ever meet I’d try yours?? Hmmm….

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    December 29, 2009 at 09:59

    • At the risk of sounding kinky, I can say that my buns are usually moist (I add Kesella)…

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      December 29, 2009 at 11:19

  12. Lee

    It’s…um…different. A brighter shade of yellow.

    Like to try one now. But a bit thin on the ground in this neck of the woods.

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    December 29, 2009 at 10:41

  13. I love the look of that tray – tell me, does the uncooked dough taste as nice as other baking products?

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    December 29, 2009 at 11:12

    • No – not really as the saffron is a very strong taste.

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      December 29, 2009 at 11:17

  14. They are so cute it’s a pity to eat them, lol !

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    December 29, 2009 at 11:27

  15. I always thought yellow cake was dangerous.

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    December 29, 2009 at 11:32

  16. HPH

    I love saffron but that is some ooogly dough.

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    December 29, 2009 at 12:47

  17. Blu

    Love your Fun Buns!…tee hee

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    December 29, 2009 at 13:16

  18. Those are some fun pics of your buns. The dough doesn’t look so good, but they do look good once they are baked and I would like making the shapes.

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    December 29, 2009 at 14:13

  19. They look soft and yummy!

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    December 29, 2009 at 15:30

  20. Clive

    Loved the facial hair / buns comment!

    Very impressed with your baking talents! Having eight into dinner tonight and should be baking but taking five minutes! Seriously thinking of cheating though and just heading out to the local bakery!

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    December 29, 2009 at 15:51

  21. Ladyfi: What a neat practice and I love that you make your own shapes

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    December 29, 2009 at 16:15

  22. These look so delicious I can almost SMELL them and I’d love to have one with my morning coffee … please? I’m sharing a bit of My World this week too.
    Hugs and blessings,

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    December 29, 2009 at 16:29

  23. I think I will pass. Not a fan of saffron. At all.

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    December 29, 2009 at 17:18

  24. they look good even if they taste like medicine

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    December 29, 2009 at 17:23

  25. Jen

    They look wonderful, I was inspired by your recent post. And mixed up my own version of Saffron buns. Oh, my, they are good, I can see why you make them each year.

    Happy New Year’s.

    Jen

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    December 29, 2009 at 18:47

  26. LOL! I’m still amused by the facial hair reference!

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    December 29, 2009 at 19:50

  27. This Ozarks farm chick is salivating like a rabid dog right now. BTW the facial hair thingy cracked me up! Tooo funny.

    Have a great day and a wonderful New Year!!!

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    December 29, 2009 at 20:42

  28. Well, Lady Fi, since I LOVE saffron I think I’d enjoy your buns – I’ll have the big horse/dog one.

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    December 29, 2009 at 21:23

  29. They look delicious.

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    December 29, 2009 at 21:47

  30. kelli

    these look great! And you would have been quite proud of us… we brought 3 containers of Gløgg to the US with us!! And introduced it to my family on Christmas eve.

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    December 29, 2009 at 22:16

  31. Taste like medicine?
    What kind of medicine do they have in England?!? If I get ill I’ll go there, yes I will.

    And I think you’ve got it wrong for a change: The saffron bun + glögg season lasts from November until February, ending a week or so before the semla. 🙂

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    December 30, 2009 at 00:33

  32. Very cute. I’m trying to imagine what they taste like. There has to be a joke here somewhere about that yellow dog and yellow snow. 😉

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    December 30, 2009 at 03:53

  33. Yellow dough makes good dogs! The cutest I ever saw.

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    December 30, 2009 at 05:05

  34. Love that bookmark? or the sign that says the Queen Doesn’t Cook!! But she must bake..the buns look delightful..I have never had a saffron bun ..that I know of. The anklebiters made a great assortment of shapes..Happy New Year to you all Oscar too!! 🙂

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    December 30, 2009 at 06:03

  35. Don’t know if I’m that talented at the cooking, but I’m good at eating. 🙂

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    December 30, 2009 at 19:26

  36. Oh, that tray is so cute. I read once that cooking is an art, but baking is a science. I’d say you’ve got both of those going on here. Yum.

    Happy New Year!!

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    December 30, 2009 at 20:34

  37. I think I am right in that you are a secret gourmet chef and baker. 🙂

    I learned something new. Danes drink the glogg, but they don’t do saffron buns. Those look very interesting!

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    December 31, 2009 at 04:46

  38. PS – Happy New Year, my dear friend!

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    December 31, 2009 at 04:46

  39. Oh cool – I’ve always wondered what saffron tasted like. For a picky eater I’ve always liked things that should taste bad like candy that tastes like soap, so buns that taste like medicine could well be right up my alley!

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    December 31, 2009 at 05:17

  40. just wanted to say Happy New Year to you and it has been so wonderful getting to know you.

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    December 31, 2009 at 05:31

  41. Happy New Year!! Are you going to be able to see the partial lunar eclipse on New Years Eve? 🙂

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    December 31, 2009 at 18:55

  42. I finally figured it out you are seven hours ahead of us.. you are in the shank of your evening celebration! 🙂

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    December 31, 2009 at 18:58

  43. Hello duckies are fabulous! I wish you lived nearby, I’d invite you over for some!

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    December 31, 2009 at 19:35

  44. YUM!

    Happy New Year, Lady Fi!!!

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    December 31, 2009 at 20:46

  45. Looks like your kids helped make those buns. I saw the dinosaur one immediately. Happy New Year and keep blogging in 2010. I know you will. Love, Sonia.

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    December 31, 2009 at 22:17

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  47. christina

    looks good lol and makes me wanna make it lol

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    October 13, 2010 at 17:53

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