Swedish Saffron Buns

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These traditional Swedish-style saffron buns are frequently baked around Christmas time. They are a very tasty and lovely tradition!

2
2
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
35
Yield:
35 saffron buns

Ingredients

  • 2 ⅛ cups milk

  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 (0.6 ounce) cakes compressed fresh yeast

  • 8 ounces quark or sour cream

  • 2 (.5 gram) packets powdered saffron

  • cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 7 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup raisins (Optional)

  • 1 eggs, beaten

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until the butter has melted and the temperature has reached 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). Crumble the yeast into a bowl, then pour in the warm milk. Stir well until the yeast dissolves.

  2. Stir in the quark, saffron, sugar, salt, and 7 cups of the flour. Mix the dough in the bowl until it becomes shiny and silky, adding more flour as needed until it begins to come away from the sides of the bowl. Cover, and let rise for 40 minutes.

  3. Prepare 2 or 3 baking sheets by covering each with a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly flour a work surface, punch down the dough, then divide into 35 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, 5 to 6 inches long. With the rope lying flat on the work surface, roll each end towards the center, in opposite directions, creating a curled S-shape. Place the buns on the prepared baking sheets, and garnish with raisins if desired. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes while you preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  4. Gently brush each bun with beaten egg, then bake in the oven until puffed and golden, 5 to 10 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in ingredient amounts, oven temperature, and baking time when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
4g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 35
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 106mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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