“Lazarakia” – Traditional Lenten bread for the “Saturday of Lazarus”

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.


serves 6
TOTAL TIME: 1,5 hours
Active time:10 minutes

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon yeast
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 stick butter melted
1/2 cup warm milk

1. Preheat the oven to 380°F.
2. Mix in a bowl all the ingredients until you have a non-sticky dough.
3. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Get quantities of the dough and shape into small men (see photo on top).
4. Transfer bread on the oven tray, cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
5. Brush with some oil the Lazarakia for a glossy effect and put in the middle shelf of the oven. Bake until they are nicely golden around 30 minutes.
6. Decorate with some black ice writing.

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