500 ml grape juice
200 ml apple juice
450 ml water (I exchanged 200 ml to non-alcoholic wine)
1 tablespoon cardamom
1 teaspoon cloves
1 or 2 cinnamon
1. Boil everything and leave it over the night.
2. Strain and remove the spices.
3. Serve it hot in small “Glögg-cups” with some raisins and crushed almonds. It truly tastes Christmas!
Lussebullar is a Swedish tradition that is actually supposed to be served for 13:th of December, which is tha day of “Lucia”, a Sicilian saint who became a martyr because of her faith. But today lussebullar is served during the whole of December.
50 g yeast
500 ml milk
1 g saffron
200 g butter (room temp)
200 ml sugar
0,5 teaspoon salt
1500-1600 ml white flour
1. Make sure the saffron is powdered and mixed with the warm milk. Mix the yeast with a little of the milk, then add the rest of the milk. Add the warm butter.
2. Add sugar, salt, egg. Slowly add the flour and mix the dough with dough hooks for 10 min. Keep the dough under a towel for 30 min, until it has reached double its size.
3. Spread some flour on a table and knead the dough once more. Divide it into 4 pieces. Divide every piece into 10. Roll every piece into a 15-20 cm long “snake”, and roll both ends towards the middle, opposite directions.
4. Press one raisin on each side of the bun (as on the picture) and brush them lightly with the whipped egg.
5. 250 degrees in the middle of the oven for 5-6 min. Let it cool down on a grid.
Enjoy your advent!
Advent is a season mainly observed in western countries, among which Sweden is one, so I’m quite familiar with it as it was celebrated in our home every year at this time. The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus which means waiting. It is a time of “waiting” to celebrate the Lord’s birthday and even to expect His second coming.
Advent starts from the 1:st Sunday in December and as a sign of it every family will light one candle as I’ve done on the picture above. The procedure continues the coming three Sundays in advent, and the last and fourth candle symbolizes Christmas.
It’s a wonderful and cozy tradition for the children, especially when it’s dark and cold outside. Unfortunately it’s not that cold here in Kerala, but still it’s very cozy. These candles from fabindia are also spreading a nice aroma in the whole place. Christmas feeling is here!