On the Saturday of Lazarus women of Lesvos bake “Lazarakia”, little sweet buns filled with dried grapes and fοrmed in man shape, that symbolize the Resurrection of Lazarus. They were also given as a treat to children that were singing Lazarus’ carol door to door.
They are fasting, slightly sweet, and they are considered a traditional local delight during the Easter days.
Preparation time: 40′
Dough Rise time: 30′
Baking time: 30΄ at 170ο – 180ο degrees
- In a bowl add the yeast, sugar and the water. Whisk till the ingredients dissolve and let it aside till the yeast activates.
- When its ready add the flour, extra virgin olive oil, grounded cinnamon and clove and a pinch of salt. Mix all ingredients into a dough. Either use your hands ( 15’ minutes) or the hook of your mixer (8’ minutes).
- Use a kitchen cloth to cover your dough and let it rest for 30’ minutes.
- Prepare the filling of raisins and walnuts.
- Divine your dough into 10 small balls (little Lazarus) approx. 50 – 60 g each. Don’t forget to save a small piece of every Lazarus to make his arms.
- Knead and shape the small balls, little Lazarus’s bodies, in an oblong shape, fill with 1 teaspoon of the filling and seal. With the rest dough knead into a string, to make his arms and crisscross over his body from back to front.
- Insert 2 whole cloves above the arms to create the eyes.
- Place your little Lazarus buns on a baking pan covered with parchment paper and bake in preheated over at 170ο – 180ο for 30 minutes, until golden.
1/2 tbps yeast
200 gr lukewarm water
75 gr sugar
400 gr all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
25 gr extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tps grounded cinnamon
1/4 tps grounded clove
30 gr walnuts chopped
30 gr raisins