Yesterday I made lussekatter (saffron buns, usually eaten on the 13th December – Saint Lucia) – trying out the dry yeast for the first time. It turned out really good, I used only 21 grams of dry yeast instead of the 50 grams [of fresh yeast] of the recipe, and brown sugar instead of white (I realised too late that we didn’t have normal white sugar). I guess the hot kitchen (no AC there, just some ceiling fans) helped the dough rise extra high!
Swedish B came just in time to help me roll out Lucia cats (direct translation) and we had a great time baking and chatting. You can check out how the lussekatter of M in Brussels looked like here – ours looked more or less the same 🙂 The afternoon fika turned out almost like an advent fika in Sweden (despite the sunshine and that it was Saturday and not Sunday!).
We took a road trip to Arecibo afterwards to pick up B’s remote controls for the parking both at home & at the office – she had forgotten them at her boyfriend N’s family’s place! She showed me around the Arecibo coast – it’s not very touristy but very beautiful. We saw lots of people riding horses along the coast! I met N’s family – they are very friendly and nice, and I managed to catch some of the Puertorican Spanish they were speaking. They have 7-8 geese walking around in the garden – I told them that we eat them in the south of Sweden on the 11th November. However, N’s father told me that the family uses them as guard dogs as they make a lot of noise when people arrive to the house!
Next weekend my family arrives and I think that we will try making pepparkakor (ginger snaps) and O wants us to make more lussekatter so that he can see how they are made!
Have a nice 2nd Sunday of Advent!