Saint Lucy’s bread

Author: @guendolyn79 Serves: 4 buns Time: 3h30′

Difficulty: easy



  • 260 g flour 00
  • 6 g baking powder
  • 40 g sugar
  • 70 g softened butter
  • 100 ml warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 saffron sachet (1 g more or less)
  • raisins


Mix together the flour, the baking powder, saffron and sugar, add little by little the milk and the butter.

Beat the egg and add almost everything in the mix above, leave just a bit to brush the batter at the end.

Add the raisins and let rise for 2 hours.

Then separate in four pieces and roll them over in S shapes


Let rise for 30’/45′ again. Brush with the egg on top.

Pre heat the oven at 180° and bake it for about 15’/20′

Story of the recipe

In many part of the world Santa doesn’t bring the gift in winter time, In Sweden and in a region in Italy it’s Saint Lucy who brings them! Maybe in other parts ofthe world too!

The night between the 12 and the 13 of December children prepare the grass for the donkey (Saint Lucy’s animal) and the day after they’ll find presents for them!

I’ve always found funny that in just a few kilometers from my house there’s an entire region and lots of children who follow this tradition.

Where I live, we eat Saint Lucy’s bread traditionally, and it’s funny to think about this tradition this strange link with northern Europe and we don’t know why!

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