Lazybones Buns ( Luilakbollen )………

By Simon  , ,   

April 9, 2015

These buns are similar to our hot cross bun in the UK, they originate from Holland to celebrate the Dutch festival of Luilak. Young people start to rise early, crowding the streets to celebrate, banging on doors blowing whistles and ringing bells, really to make as much noise as they can. Any youngsters that fail to rise is a lazybones, hence the name of the bun, Lazybones buns.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 8 Large


50 Grams Caster sugar

50 Grams Butter

150 ml Milk, semi skimmed

7 Grams Dried fast action yeast

375 Grams Strong white flour

1/2 tsp Fine sea salt

1 tsp Ground cinnamon

1 Medium Lemon

1 Medium Egg, beaten

125 Grams Plump raisins

Splash Sunflower oil

Heaped tbsp Butter, syrup or honey


Place the sugar, butter and milk into a small pan, heating gently for a few seconds until tepid, just warm.  Pour into a bowl and add the dried yeast, stir and leave to work its magic for 10 minutes.  A bubbling froth will from on the surface.

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, salt, spice and lemon zest, combine and make a well in the centre.  Whisk the egg into the yeasty milk, then pour into the flour, combine with a big wooden spoon until the mix forms a rough dough.  Turn out onto a lightly floured worktop and knead for 5 minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough, add the fruit and combine into the dough until evenly distributed.  Place in an lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film and place in a warm spot to rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

Place the dough back onto the work surface and gently knock it back with your knuckles, knead lightly then divide the dough into 8 equal portions.  Roll into balls, place on a large baking tray lined with baking parchment, flatten the buns slightly.  Cover with oiled cling film, leaving in a warm spot to prove for a further 45 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 170c fan or 190c, remove the film and bake the buns in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes, until risen and golden brown, serve warm, with cold butter and drizzled with syrup or honey.  The Dutch do love their syrup !!!!!    So if you here a banging, whistling or ringing in the death of night, wake up or you won't get your bun, lazybones!!!!!!




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