The Saturday before Palm Sunday is “Saturday of Lazarus” and on this day it is a tradition to make “Lazarakia” (literally meaning “Little Lazaruses”). These are traditional small, sweet and mildly spiced bread, made only once a year. They represent the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Each region of Greece has a variation of how they make them, however, most have a similar sweet tasting flavor.
- 2 pounds flour
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp yeast
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- chocolate chips for decoration
- Mix all the ingredients until you have a non-sticky dough. Add more flour if needed.
- Preheat the oven to 390oF.
- In a baking dish, put some parchment paper.
- Form you lazarakia men and add the chocolate chips for eyes and nails in hands.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.