At Aquavit, they're baking up sweets and breads that are part of the traditional Nordic Christmas celebrations. Start with Lussekatt (also known as Santa Lucia buns), tiny S-shaped buns, scented and colored with a generous dose of saffron, dotted in raisins. The sweet, yeasty buns are brushed with a light egg wash before baking and have a texture akin to challah, but with prominent saffron notes. Aquavit's also doing Pepparkakor, classic Swedish cookies that are essentially ginger snaps, cut in a variety of shapes—think Christmas tree, hearts, and gingerbread men. These are rolled extra-thin, the ginger spicier than most. Thirsty? Pair with a side of glögg, mulled wine fragrant with spices of cinnamon, orange peels, and clove. The Lussekatt and Pepparkakor will be served complimentary on Santa Lucia Day (12/13), and also at brunch this Saturday (12/17) and all day Christmas Eve.
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