The Christmas season is now open and I am very enthusiastic about it. Here in Sweden, this time of the year is linked to beautiful festive traditions, that come with some very special spices. Among them, saffron is a favorite and we find it in many Christmas bakings!
While we have to face the almost never-ending darkness of winter here in the North, the Swedes love to set up a very cosy atmosphere with candles everywhere and beautiful little things that put us in the mood for festivities. They even have a very important word for cosy (“mysigt” in Swedish), which is very important in their conception of life. Proof is, they use it all the time!
And even if the snow hasn’t come yet, we really feel that Chritmas is coming in every house. The tradition wants that people invite each other and gather around mulled wine (or “glögg” in Swedish, made in a very special way) as often as possible before Christmas. All the interiors become very cosy, with lots of Christmas decorations and candles everywhere.
Tradition wants that people enjoy some mulled wine topped with raisins and almonds, along some small gingerbread biscuits (“pepperkakor” in Swedish). Very often, we also take the opportunity of the season to bake some traditional Saffron buns “Lussekatter“ (read the history behind in my article). Baking with saffron is actually very typical of the Christmas season here in Sweden….