I first made Lucia Cats after seeing jg's blog entry in December 2005. Lucia Cats (sweet saffron buns ) are traditionally served in Skandinavia on 13 December, St. Lucia Day. But we like to serve them on Christmas Day.... Many thanks to jg's mother for sharing her recipe. Here is my rendition of it.revised December 2007
Let the buns cool completely on a rack before serving. If you like to serve them warm, reheat for a few minutes at a low temperature. These buns are traditionally served without butter. But they are delicious with or without butter, with or without honey. They are also great with eggs for breakfast. And don't forget to have plenty of good strong coffee on hand too.
There are several traditional shapes but I chose to make what seemed to be the simplest, what turns out to be the "Julgalt", (I thought the shape was a "Luciakatt"....)
In Italy, the "Julgalt" shape is known as "occhi di Santa Lucia", which makes a little more sense to me and perhaps explains why this shape appears to be the most popular....
Saint Lucy of Syracuse (284-304), also known as Saint Lucia, Santa Lucia, or Saint Lukia, [...] Patroness of Syracuse, also the principal Catholic representative of the patron saint of the blind and those with eye-trouble; Protector of Eyesight; also patron saint of Opticians, Ophthalmologists and Firemen; the patron saint of the sailor [...] The chosen feature of her sainthood is not, however, the martyrdom itself, but a previous incident. It was said that her lover had so greatly admired her beautiful eyes that she felt it was a sin. The legend continues, "considering these things and calling to mind the words of Christ, 'If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee,' and fearing lest her eyes should be the cause of damnation to the young man, she called for a knife and took out her eyes and sent them to her lover in a dish with these words; 'Here hast thou what thou so much desired.' Whereat the young man became utterly astonished and full of grief and remorse became also a convert to Christ. God would not suffer that the blessed Lucia, having given proof of her courage and piety, should remain blind, for one day, as she knelt in prayer her eyes were restored to her more beautiful than before."
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