St Lucia Wreath

The Scandinavian St Lucia (pronounced LOO-sha) is celebrated on her feast day: December 13th. To make this bread into a true St Lucia wreath, gather red ribbons and 7 or 9 white candles and mark the season of long nights with light. This is a sweet bread, not a cake. I serve it before a meal but not as a dessert. The flavors are unique and may not be a good "with dinner" bread. I also like to make extra glaze in case the bread gets dry from sitting out. It's a time consuming recipe but not a difficult one. I've been making these since I was about 20.