ICELANDIC BAKING AT ITS MOST INDULGENT

Icelanders have celebrated Bolludagur, Bun Day, for more than a century now. It’s two days before Lent begins, and a day for indulging in sweet buns filled with cream and jam, and topped with chocolate.

A certain pre-schooler’s ‘bun bat’.

Perhaps less known is the tradition of bolluvendir, ‘bun bats’, that Icelandic children make in order to hit their parents early in the morning on Bun Day (probably linked to a Catholic practice of punishment at Lent). They even use the word bun as a verb in this context, and theoretically earn a bun for every hit they land as they yell, “Bun! Bun! Bun!”

Here are some of the bollur on offer at my favourite bakery – Sandholt, Laugavegur 36.

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