Lazarakia Recipe

Here is the recipe I’ll be using to make our Lazarakia tomorrow. One batch usually yields about a dozen or so.

One recipe made 13 6-7″ pieces.  This pic shows them in the different stages.


Here they are baking:

This one is one of the biggest ones!

This is all of them, except for the one Ace ate!


Lazarakia Recipe


  • 4 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 12-14 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. aniseed or anise extract

if available you can also add:

  • 1 tsp. mahlepi
  • 1/2 tsp. masticha


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of the 2 1/2 – 3 cups lukewarm water.
  3. Add sugar and salt and stire well.
  4. Add remaining water, oil cinnamon and 6 cups flour and stir the mixture until creamy.
  5. Slowly add enough of remaining flour to make a medium dough.
  6. Divide dough into however many Lazarakia you’d like and roll into logs. Cut slits for arms and legs. Cross arms across chest and pinch a head.
  7. Place on slightly greased cookie sheets, cover with towel and let rise for about an hour or until almost doubled in size.
  8. Bake loaves for 20-30 minutes or until hollow when tapped on bottom.


I hope everyone has a blessed Saturday of Lazarus!

Most holy St. Lazarus pray unto God for us!

12 thoughts on “Lazarakia Recipe

  1. Just made these today with my son's Kindergarten class (what a blessing that he goes to an Orthodox school!). They had a great time! Thank you again for the posts and recipe about this!

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  3. Have you ever gone to lazarina kalanta? We go every year with our Sunday school and people give us eggs to dye on Holy Week.

    1. Yes! I used to go sing kalanta with our jr. choir every year! Lots of wonderful memories! 🙂

  4. So, this may seem like a strange question, but do you eat these or are they more for decoration?

  5. I love these! Made them today for a reception after a christening held at our church today, the Saturday of Lazarus! They were wonderful, and a big hit! Thank you for sharing!

  6. These are wonderful! I made them for a reception after a Christening, today p, the Saturday of Lasarus! They were a big hit! Thank you for sharing!

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