Bolludagur! A good excuse to ditch the diet – just for a day, of course!
Icelandic bolluvendir "bun bat"

Icelandic bolluvendir “bun bat”

Today is Bolludagur –a date on the Icelandic calendar all kids love and all parents dread; at least in the morning when their ‘sweet’ little children suddenly turn into bun-bat wielding monsters. According to an age-old tradition, kids make “bollluvendir, or “bun paddles” at school the week before in preparation for Bolludagur. On the following Monday morning (Bolludagur is always on a Monday) kids wake up extra early to try and catch their parents still in bed. If they catch them sleeping they get a free license to wallop them on their backsides until they get out of bed. For each wallop successfully landed on their parents’ rear ends they get rewarded with a delicious jam and cream filled bun topped with colourful glaze. Happy Bolludagur!

For those who fancy having a crack at making some Icelandic cream buns, here’s a recipe adapted from Icelandic Roots for the most popular variety:


For the buns:

1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of water
3 large eggs
Tiny pinch of baker’s ammonia
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup if sugar

For the cream and filling

1 cup of whipping cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp confectioners sugar
Dipping chocolate


Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a large saucepan, stir together the water, butter, salt, baker’s ammonia and sugar on a medium-high heat until butter melts. Add the flour and beat until thick. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool slightly.

Transfer the flour/butter mixture to a bowl and add the eggs and quickly beat them into the batter until it’s smooth. Then either pipe or drop the batter onto a baking sheet using two spoons.

Bake 30 minutes until golden brown. Do not open the oven during baking. Not at all. Not even a for a quick peek. You will cause those buns to fall flat! Turn the oven off and let the buns cool undisturbed within the oven.

Whip cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar to stiff peaks. Slice cooled buns in half. Fill with the jam, cream and anything else you would like. Top with a little sprinkling of confectioners sugar or with melted chocolate or any other frosting or glaze that your heart desires!

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