Kate has been a good friend for many years and I'm so excited that she's participating in this series! Kate's blog, Coffee...Photos...Chocolate, is full of great photos and funny tidbits about life. She's also a great knitter, jewelry artist, yarn spinner and coffee drinker.
Kate is 75% Swedish: 50% from her mother's side and 100% from her dad's side. Her grandfather (morfar) was actually born in the motherland. She's spent her life celebrating December in true Swedish fashion: eating pepparkakor, drinking coffee and celebrating Santa Lucia day every December 13th.
Kate is going to share about St. Lucia day, so here she goes!
Hi everyone! I'm so glad Kathryn asked me to share about Santa Lucia Day!
Santa Lucia was originally an Italian saint who has been adopted by the Swedes. She is associated with the idea of light. In the middle ages, December 13th (Santa Lucia Day) fell on the shortest day of the year (otherwise known as the winter solstice). Though the winter solstice no longer falls on the 13th, the holiday has remained on this day.
For this recipe, the dough is made in a bread machine.
4 cups bread flour
2 Teaspoons Yeast
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Ground Cardamom
1 and 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Melted butter
2 eggs (beaten separately) (one to add to the dough, one for brushing on top of the dough)
Put all ingredients into bread machine according to manufacture's directions, using the "dough" cycle. When cycle is complete, remove from bread machine and punch down dough, kneading to remove air bubbles. (you may have to add additional flour if dough is too sticky). Let dough rest for 10-15 minutes.
You can make 3 small braids, 2 large brads or 2 loaves. If you choose to make braids, divide section into 3rds or half depending on how many braids you'd like to make. If you are making loaves, this recipe yields 2 loaves so divide dough in half. If making braids, divide each section into thirds again.
Braid three ropes together on a lightly greased cookie sheet or other nonstick surface. Do the same with the other sections. Cover and let rise until double in size. If desired, you can brush brads with beaten egg or butter, and sprinkle with sugar and cardamom. If you do so, add right before putting in the oven.
Happy Santa Lucia day! Glad Lucia Dag!!!
Thanks Kate! Check out Kate's blog: Coffee...Photos...Chocolate to see her fun posts and great photos of