Lazarakia

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Lazarakia
Lazarakia On Plate.jpg
Type Sweet bread
Main ingredients sweet spices
Cookbook:Lazarakia  Lazarakia

The Lazarákia ("Little Lazaruses") are small, sweet spice breads made by Greek Orthodox Christians on Lazarus Saturday, the Saturday that begins Holy Week. They are eaten to celebrate the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. They are shaped like a man wrapped in a shroud, supposedly Saint Lazarus of Bethany, with cloves for eyes. They contain several sweet spices and are a fasting Lenten food, meaning that they do not contain any dairy products or eggs. For that reason, unlike the tsourekia, they are brushed with olive oil instead of egg or butter for a gloss finish.