Traditional Lenten buns

What is Laskiainen?

Laskiaistiistai is the same as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday. In Finland laskiainen is nowadays celebrated as a mid-winter festival with outdoor activities such as skiing, sliding with the sled, or ice-skating.


Milk Fresh yeast Sugar Butter Ground cardamom Salt Flour Egg Confectioners sugar

Make the buns

Melt your butter.  Mix your yeast with lukewarm milk.  Add the sugar, cardamom, salt, and 1-2 cups of flour. Beat it to make a batter.

Add in the rest of your flour and start kneading. Once you have some elasticity in the dough, you can add your butter.

Keep on kneading for additional 7-15 minutes. Knead until the dough is firm enough so it does not break when you stretch a small piece between your fingers

After kneading, you need to let your dough rest and rise. Cover your bowl with a cloth and let the dough rest in a warm place for 20 minutes. 

Form the dough into 15-16 round buns by kneading them against the surface in your palm.

Let your buns rise to double the size Brush the buns with beaten egg. Bake at 400 (200C) F for about 14 minutes


Slice the buns in half and fill 1-2 tablespoons of jam or marzipan in the middle and add whipped cream on the rim.