These buns are a really classic treat in Sweden and I’m sure you’re going to love to have them in your house too. The saffron flavor is so subtle and divine!


The saffron gives them a subtle spiced flavor and a beautiful yellow color. Since they aren’t too sweet, they are perfect for slathering with salted butter and your favorite jam!

They’re traditionally made by rolling bits of dough into long tubes and shaping them into hearts, spirals or S shapes. When I was a boy, my grandmother and I would spend the day preparing the dough with a rolling pin and cutting out shapes with cookie cutters. When I make these buns now, I always do a few of both kinds for variety.

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Makes 20

You will need:



1 cup melted butter

1⁄2 teaspoon saffron

1 cup milk

3⁄4 cup sugar

4 teaspoon dry active yeast

61⁄2 cups all purpose flour

2 eggs

1 egg white, beaten

sultanas (or golden raisins) 


  1. Stir the saffron into the butter, and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the milk and add the butter and sugar.
  3. Pour into a baking bowl and when its finger warm you stir in the yeast.
  4. Leave for 10 minutes.
  5. Add flour and eggs and mix until smooth.
  6. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  7. Cut the dough into 20 pieces and roll each piece into a long sausage.
  8. Roll from each side to the middle.
  9. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  10. Brush with egg white and decorate with sultanas.
  11. Bake at 375°F until golden, about 15 minutes.
  12. Cool on a wire rack.

TIP:

You can make the dough the day before and store it in the refrigerator overnight, or you can freeze the baked buns for up to 2 weeks; just allow them to thaw to room temperature a few hours before you want to eat them.



If you prefer a sweeter bun you can make a simple glaze simple glaze with confectioner’s sugar, milk, and a little orange zest. 



These buns are a really classic treat in Sweden and I’m sure you’re going to love to have them in your house too. The saffron flavor is so subtle and divine!
Photography by Alexandra Grablewski

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