Bolla Bolla!

Monday before Shrove Tuesday is Bolludagur – Buns Day in Iceland. Kids make Bolla – stick, decorated with ribbons of different colors – and come with them on Buns Day morning to their parents to ask for buns. My daughter slept long this morning – she was too tired after Lithuanian-style Shrove Tuesday celebration that we had with Lithuanian Sunday school and Lithuanian-Icelandic society yesterday. After I finally managed to wake her up she ordered me to lie on the sofa in her room, found her “bolla” and came to ask for buns. Of course buns were ready! Would you like one?

Water Dough Buns

makes 15

80 g. butter (~3 oz)

2 dl. water (~ 1 cup + 1 tbsp + 1/4 tbsp)

100 g wheat flour (~3/4 cup)

3 egg

1/8 tsp salt

Boil water with butter until butter is melted. Whisk in wheat flour until the dough is even and comes off the sides of the bowl. Cool down for few minutes. Whisk eggs well and put into the wheat flour dough in small portions while stirring. Put the bowl with the dough into the freezer for 10 min. – there will be nicer texture. There are two ways of shaping these buns: first, to drop  small egg-size peace of dough with two spoons on the backing tray lined with backing paper; second, use a cake decorating bag with a wide star-shaped head to distribute the dough (also make buns with the size of egg). In both ways leave 3-5 cm (1 1/2 – 2 ‘) in between. Bake in 200°C (400°F) for 30 min (until medium brown) and do not open at first 15-20 min. It is good to try one bun after backing time is over whether it is baked. Cool down on the rack. Cut horizontally and fill with whipped cream and glaze with chocolate glazing (1oo g. (~3/4 cup) confectioner’s sugar, 2 tsp cocoa, 1 tbsp boiling water, stir well all together and serve). Keep buns air-tight to prevent from drying. Fill and glaze before serving.

Have a good Monday! Somebody told me that there will be meatballs for lunch and bear-shaped yeast buns for dinner on Bolludagur!

2 Responses to “Bolla Bolla!”
  1. I love the world history lessons! Here in America the only people who celebrate this time of the year are those living in cities or town which celebrate Marde Gras of small religious communities.

  2. Thank you Bonnie Michelle! I want to show my daughter that being a part of mixed family (she is half-Lithuanian half-Icelandic 🙂 is beneficial in all ways! I have a girlfriend in Lithuania that is from family of Russians, so I was always a little bit envy because she was celebrating Christmas and New year twice – once on catholic Christmas, and once on orthodox Christmas with here family!

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