Bun Day, or Bolludagur, is celebrated two days before Lent in Iceland. Children wake their parents yelling, “Bolla, Bolla, Bolla”, and try to paddle them with homemade bun bats called bolluvendir. For each hit they get a bun. Their goal is to get lots of buns!
Adults just enjoy eating these special cream-and-fruit-filled, chocolate-covered buns that are only sold or made at home for this Lenten festivity. The buns originated with Danish settlers.
Not in Iceland? Try making some at home.
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 large eggs
2 cups sweetened whipped cream
1/4 cup raspberry jam
8 oz. chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Heat water, butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until butter has melted.
Beat in flour, baking powder, and cardamon until mixture thickens and pulls away from the side of the pan.
Remove from the heat, and beat in eggs, one at a time.
Drop by the heaping tablespoon onto baking sheet, leaving room in-between mounds so they can spread while cooking.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Transfer buns to wire racks to cool.
When buns have cooled, slice them in half.
Spread the bottoms with raspberry jam, then top with some whipped cream.
Replace the top half and spread with chocolate.