Share a Favorite Holiday Recipe

With Christmas and New Years Celebrations approaching, we decided to ask some teachers about their favorite holiday recipe. Here is what our Elementary School counselor, Ms. Lindsey Moore shared along with this cute picture of herself as a child:

"One of my favorite December holiday traditions comes from my Swedish heritage on my mom’s side. Every December 13th growing up, I would get up really early with my dad to make the traditional Lucia Buns or Lussekatter (a slightly sweet saffron bread). Then I would dress in the traditional outfit (a white gown, red stash, and a crown of candles) and my brother and I would “surprise” my mom with breakfast in bed. The day marks the beginning of the Scandinavian Christmas season and honors the legend of the Christian martyr Lucia of Syracuse who brought food to persecuted people in Rome. St. Lucia Day is celebrated across Sweden and in Swedish homes around the world. Even in Sofia, I still make Lussekatter around December 13th to feel connected to my family back home."

And here is the Lussekatter Recipe

Products:
  • 2 packs of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 2/3 luckewarm milk 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp powdered saffron
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • butter softened
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
Preparation:

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, cardamom, salt, saffron and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, knead until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise until double. Punch down dough, divide into 24 parts. Shape each pieces into an S shaped rope, curve both ends into a coil. Place a raisin in the centre of each coil. Place rolls on greased baking paper. Brush tops lightly with butter, let rise until doubled. Mix 1 egg and a tablespoon of water, brush buns lightly. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake at 350 F/180 C for 15-20 minutes.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Please share it with the community by sending it to marketing@aas-sofia.org. We will publish the best ones in the next newsletter