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Moravian Lovefeast Buns

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Moravian Lovefeast Buns
  • Servings: 30
  • Cook Time: 20 min


2 pkgs Yeast
½ cup Warm Water
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 cup Hot, dry mashed potatoes, unseasoned
½ cup Milk, scalded and cooled
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp Nutmeg
2 Tbl Orange Rind
2 Tbl Lemon Rind
2 Tbl Orange Juice
1 Tbl Fresh Lemon Juice
½ tsp Mace
5½ cup Flour Less 1 Tablespoon


Mix together the yeast and water. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Cream together sugar and butter. Add and mix in well the potatoes, milk, and eggs. Add the dissolved yeast mixture. Mix spices into the yeast mixture. Add in enough flour to make a soft dough.

Knead dough on well floured table. Form into ball and place in greased bowl. Cover with cloth and let rise in warm place until double in size (about 2 hours). Pinch down; let rise again 5−10

mins. Flouring hands well (dough will be sticky), form dough into small (3 oz) balls. Place on cookie sheet. Slash tops with razor blade to release air. Cover and let rise again till double

in size. Bake at 350F until golden all over (about 15−20 mins).


WHAT IS A MORAVIAN LOVE FEAST YOU ASK? Here is the answer from Wiki: A Lovefeast service is a service dedicated to Christian love, and is most famously practiced by the Moravians. A Lovefeast seeks to strengthen the bonds and the spirit of harmony, goodwill, and congeniality, as well as to forgive past disputes and instead love one another.

The Moravian Lovefeast is based upon the Agape feast and the meals of the early churches described in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles, which were partaken in unity and love. It is not, however, to be confused with or serve as a replacement for Communion. Traditionally for European, Canadian, and American Lovefeasts, a sweetened bun and coffee (sweetened milky tea in Germany, Holland and England) is served to the congregation in the pews by dieners (from the German for servers); before partaking, a simple table grace is said.

A Moravian congregation may hold a Lovefeast on any special occasion, such as the date their church was founded, but there are certain established dates that Lovefeasts are regularly observed. Some of these notable dates include Watch Night, Good Friday, the Festival of August 13th (the 1727 date on which the Moravian Church was renewed or reborn), and Christmas Eve, where each member of the congregation receives a lighted candle at the end of the service in addition to the bun and coffee. (My card said Movarian and I had no idea of any Movaria.. so I went to look it up. LOL)