So on to some baking!
So I was going to make some "lussekatter" and was searching the net for that perfect recipe... the one that just feels right somehow(this is probably something that is judged through the careful deliberation of seeing if the pictures look yummy). While I was doing this I happened upon a Saffron recipe for a "Buttekaka". A Buttekaka is a cake made up of usually cinammonbuns. This version however was made with (essentially) "Lussekatt" dough and Marsipan(the golden kind). I thought that that is perfect as I will then get some variation in what my freezer will contain for christmas. The recipe is in swedish and can be found at http://www.alltommat.se/recept/butterkaka-med-saffran-8990 I will of course translate it here for those of you who speak english.
50g Fresh Yeast (25g Dried Active Yeast)
5 dl (1/2 of a Liter) milk
1,5 dl Granulated sugar
1 pinch of salt
15 dl All purpose flour(good quality)
250g Golden Marsipan
25g melted butter or 2 tbs water
You start by melting the butter and adding the milk, heating it to 37 degrees Celcius. Crumble the yeast into a large bowl or a kitchen machine(as in the pictures). Add the liquids over the yeast and make sure it disolves into it.
While the dough is rising, grate the marsipan into a bowl and add the butter or water. Because marsipan is mostly sugar, it will make a paste when you stir it, which will be easily spreadable!
After it has risen put the dough on a well floured worktop and start kneeding!! make sure to get ALL the air out. Deflate it! Flatten it! Beat the snot out of it! you get the picture :-)..
Now I only made one Cake and the rest of the dough I used to make the "Lussekatter" with. To make the Lussekatter, decide on a size(I like them quite small, like the palm of my hand), divide the remaining dough into that sized parts. Roll each part into a worm, hold each end of the worm and start twisting inward in opposite directions... Does that make any sense?! I'm sitting here trying to figure out what I actually do with my fingers, but when you see the picture it will hopefully make sense to you.
Now in "real" Lussekatter(there are a lot of quotationmarks in this one) there are supposed to be a rasin sticking out of each twisty bit.. but I DETEST raisins, and was not about to go down to the shop to buys something I would end up picking out anyway.. Soooo... No raisins in mine.
Hope you like the result, and our newly decorated home!