Lussekatter (Santa Lucia buns)
1 c. melted butter.
2 c. lukewarm milk
3/4 c. sugar
1 T. yeast
1 t. saffron ground to a powder with 1 T. sugar
5 c. flour
raisins or dried blueberries for decorations
Mix all ingredients with electric mixer. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Knead. No, really, knead. After that: keep kneading. You want it to become smooth and pliable. This will take awhile. Set aside plenty of time.
Roll 25-35 pieces into logs and twirl into s-shapes, knots, or other interesting shapes. Place on greased baking sheets. Dot with raisins or dried blueberries (raisins are traditional, but I like the blueberries better). Let rise 20 minutes, then bake 15 minutes, until golden brown.