Saffron buns

As another part of the holiday season, I made a Scandinavian treat called saffron buns.

These buns are from a cookbook called “The Swedish table” by Helen Henderson.

The book has great savory recipes too but I like to focus on the sweets especially for the holiday season.

I had a friend with Danish family roots awhile ago and he introduced me to their tasty baked goods beyond lingonberry.

We made these saffron buns once before for a party and there was also cardamon bread, which is not the same as a cinnamon roll but similar.

Locally in Portland, there is an annual Scandinavian fair in early December. They have these lovely treats, tasty soup, a St. Lucia celebration and wooden toys for sale.

Sadly I missed it this year but still went forward with making my own saffron buns. I also felt more comfortable making them on my own because of that “clone of a cinnabon” entry, and I needed to keep practicing dough hook recipes.

They turned out beautiful, buttery and saffrony: Perfect for breakfast!

Next time though I am going to make sure they get yellower by mashing the saffron.

Stephanie Landis

I am a native Oregonian, but traveling has been my way of life since I was young. I was raised in Europe and traveled around Asia and Africa. I've studied two languages and plan to add more. Along with travel, enjoying a passion for food, art and culture is apart of my daily life. My hobbies other than writing are cooking, reading, watching films and attending cultural events.

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