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Martyrs for March 9

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My mother always made martyrs in the house, from flour with salt and water, she kneaded an elastic dough, she spread it with the facalet and then with a special device, in the shape of the number 8, she cut the martyrs. He then put them in the tray and dried them in the oven

Bring the water to a boil with the sugar, and when it boils, add the martyrs and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid and allow to cool completely.

The flavors are added only when the syrup is cold, add rum, vanilla essence, vanilla sugar, lemon peel (and orange, optional). Cinnamon and walnuts are placed on a plate when serving, otherwise the syrup is bitter.

The 40 martyrs 2020. Holiday March 9, 2020. Holy 40 martyrs traditions. The 40 martyrs of Sevastia. March 9 traditions

According to tradition, on March 9, housewives prepare martyrs. They can be prepared as a cake with walnut kernels and honey or an eight-shaped dough, boiled in water with spices and walnuts.

The martyrs are distributed to relatives, neighbors, poor people, for the remembrance of the dead, but also for the abundance of future harvests.

Martyrs 2021. Who celebrates his birthday on March 9? Tell them HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Martyrs 2021

Martyrs 2021. On March 9, Christians celebrate the 40 martyrs, a day when women, after leaving the church, give alms for the souls of the dead, martyrs, dishes specific to this day. The Feast of the Martyrs is the most popular celebration of spring, before Easter. On this day, it is said that all those who do not have a holy name celebrate their name day.



Martyrs 2021. Traditions of Martyrs. The Feast of the Martyrs is the most popular holiday of spring, before the feast of Easter. Tradition says that after the Babe, there are nine hot days, the Days of the Elders, milder than the Babes, and they last until March 17.

The "martyrs" prepared by the housewives on the day of the feast are offerings to the 40 martyrs for the sacrifice of the 40 Christian soldiers in Sevasta. In different geographical areas, these offerings are called martyrs, saints or brados. Also, in some localities the martyrs are prepared in the form of rolls baked in the oven, in the shape of eight and are greased with honey or sugar syrup, then they are seasoned with ground walnuts.

Martyrs 2021. The feast of the martyrs marks the beginning of the agricultural year, considered a border between winter and summer, between the cold days specific to Grandma Dochia and the warm weather in the days of Santa Claus.

On the day of the Holy Martyrs, the weather forecast is made until the end of the year. For centuries, it has been said that if it rains on this day, it will rain on Easter. But if it thunders during the day, it is a good sign: a favorable summer will follow, and the harvests will be higher than the households hope.

On the other hand, if on the eve of the holiday the weather is cold and the ground freezes, the winter will last until Saint George, and, certainly, a long autumn will follow.

Martyrs 2021. In Muntenia, on the day of the feast, women sprinkle household items with agheasma with the help of a basil pot: the dishes in which they cook for fasting, then those used to prepare food for family holidays, clothing and pantry supplies. The ritual is followed so that the households have food until the next harvest. At the end of the procession, the housewife incenses the rooms of the house, except for the bathroom.

Also in Bucovina, it is customary for men to go fishing on March 9th. The fisherman who catches forty fish and manages to swallow one alive will be lucky to catch fish all year round. It is also for this reason that it is said that on the day of the 40 Saints it is good not only to catch, but even to boil and eat 40 fish.

Martyrs 2021. In order to increase their money, men eat seeds, and the unit of measurement is the spoon: for a glass of wine they consume a spoonful of sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

RECIPES Moldovan martyrs


Moldovan martyrs or saints, as they are also called in certain areas of the country, are the dishes that are not missing from the table of the Holy 40 Martyrs, from March 9. In Moldova, the recipe of martyrs is sweet and fragrant, because the baked dough of martyrs is similar to cake dough, and in the end all are greased with honey and walnuts. Because they are not absent from the holiday table, below we tell you the step-by-step recipe for Moldovan martyrs.


1 kg of flour
400 g sugar
4 eggs
100 g margarine
40 g of yeast
400 ml of milk
200 g of honey
200 g ground walnuts
50 ml oil
essences to taste


From yeast, 2 teaspoons of sugar, a little milk and a little flour, taken from the above ingredients, make a mayonnaise that is left to rise.

Sift the flour into a bowl, make a hole in the middle in which to put the raised mayonnaise, 3 beaten eggs with a pinch of salt, 200 g of sugar, milk, soft margarine and flavors.
Knead the dough with your hands soaked in oil and leave to rise. From the raised dough, break a piece the size of an apple from which 2 long and thin rolls are made that are intertwined in the shape of the number 8.
Leave the saints to rise a little, grease them with a beaten egg, place them in a pan greased with oil and lined with baking paper. Place in the preheated oven until golden brown.
Meanwhile, boil a syrup from a glass of water and the rest of the sugar. To remain soft, the saints are passed quickly (1-2 seconds) through the warm syrup, as soon as they have been removed from the oven, then greased with honey and sprinkled with walnuts.

Why do we do martyrs for March 9?

The martyrs are celebrated on the occasion of March 9, the day on which the Orthodox Church celebrates the 40 Holy Martyrs. They, Christian soldiers who were part of the 12th Lightning Legion of Armenia, were sentenced to death by freezing in Lake Sevastia after refusing to worship idols.

On March 9, in the popular belief, the tombs and the gates of Heaven are opened. The 8th form of the martyrs represents a stylization of the human form, but also the form of infinity. Given the fact that the recipe is a religious one, it is recommended to take the martyrs to church for sanctification, before consuming them.

Moldovan Martyrs - Ingredients:

We don't need too many ingredients to indulge in these delicious fluffy croissants. The ingredients are really simple and available to anyone.

Dough ingredients:

  • 1 kg of flour
  • 50 gr of fresh yeast
  • 150 gr sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • 450 ml of milk
  • 100 ml oil
  • grated lemon and orange peel

Ingredients for syrup:

  • 500 ml of water
  • 50 gr sugar
  • 50 gr honey
  • peel from 1 grated lemon
  • 300-350 gr ground walnut

Moldovan "Martyrs" - a traditional recipe for March 9

In Moldova, it is customary to prepare some braided and twisted coils in the form of octopuses for the Feast of the Forty Martyrs, which has a fixed date every year on March 9th.

These eighths are called "martyrs" or "saints." They prepare a day or two before, and are brought to church on March 9 to be blessed at the memorial service for those who have fallen asleep, after which they part.

Moldovan Martyrs Recipe

• 1 kg of flour
• 4 eggs
• 400 ml of milk or water
• 35 g of fresh yeast
• 200 g of sugar
• 3 sachets of vanilla sugar or vanilla essence
• grated peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange
• 100 g of butter

• 100 g of ground walnut kernels
• 2-3 tablespoons of vanilla sugar
• 100 g of honey

Put the yeast in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir and leave to rise slightly.

Put the sifted flour in a large bowl. Make a hole in the center of the flour and add the yeast mixture. Add sugar, 3 eggs, freshly grated citrus peel, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir in the milk and mix.

Moldovan Martyrs Recipe

Start kneading with your hands until all the flour is incorporated. You may need more flour to make a non-sticky dough. Finally add the melted and cooled butter. You can use a little oil instead of butter.

Knead again with your hands until you get a smooth and elastic dough. Cover the bowl with a thick towel and let it rise for an hour.

When it has doubled in volume, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on the table. Divide it into suitable, equal pieces. Take each piece and roll it first in the palms, then on the table, until you get a string as long as the length of the table. Bend the string and place one side on top of the other, braiding the string in half. Join the coil obtained at the ends and form an eight out of it.

Beat an egg and grease the martyrs with a brush. put the tray in the hot oven, and let them brown, about 40-45 minutes.

Moldovan Martyrs Recipe

After removing them, grease each martyr with honey, using a brush, and finally sprinkle ground walnuts mixed with a little vanilla sugar or plain sugar and a little vanilla essence.

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Moldovan martyrs, traditional recipe with fasting dough

Moldovan fasting martyrs with walnuts, a recipe that I make so dearly, every year, during Lent. I was no more than 10 years old when I first tasted these martyrs made by a neighbor from the blog. It cooked wonderfully, as do all housewives in Moldova, and the martyrs were a dream! So fluffy and tasty, a novelty for us, children from Muntenia, where boiled Muntenian martyrs are made. After much insistence, my mother obtained the recipe for saints, that's what our neighbor called them, and since then, in addition to the boiled ones, we also had a portion of fluffy martyrs made of dough, baked in the oven and dressed in honey and walnuts.

When are Moldovan martyrs made?

Every year, on March 9, is the Feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sevastia. In Moldova, in honor of this holiday, 40 named rolls are being prepared saints, brados or martyrs. Moldovan grinders have the shape of the number 8 and are made of cake, fasting or sweet dough, greased with honey and powdered abundantly with walnuts.

Last year I made martyrs from Muntenia, my husband adores them, but this year I said to make the recipe for Moldovan saints with walnuts and honey. I felt good that I made this decision because I am wonderfully fluffy and I remember my childhood. The recipe for martyr's rolls is not complicated at all and, if you have fans around, they will be delighted to form martyrs.

The dough of the Moldavian martyrs is fasting, I greased a part of them with yolk, for those who tasted them and do not fast, and a part with soy milk. They are just as fluffy and delicious in both variants.

Since March 9, I have been eating martyrs from La Gospodina

Today I was talking to a friend about martyrs, because we were both looking forward to March 9th. The interesting thing is that we 2 are the biggest fans of martyrs we know. Unfortunately, I didn't get to tell him that since March 9, I ate martyrs from La Gospodina because he proudly told me that he bought from the supermarket, and I hung up the phone.

I'm not a fan of the idea of ​​buying food from the supermarket that has been made for years according to special recipes. I know that not everyone has their parents or a relative around to make them martyrs, cakes or pies and somehow I feel sorry for them that they don't have a housewife in their neighborhood. As we are lucky here.

At the Housewife in New Bucharest

Ever since I discovered the La Gospodina catering service in New Bucharest, I don't think there will be a big holiday, like March 9, and I won't indulge in martyrs from them.

Today I arrived home with 2 generous portions of Wallachian martyrs and another 2 of Moldavian martyrs. I can't tell you much about my joy and that of my girlfriend because I didn't spend too much time with the martyrs on the table.

Instead, I can tell you that as soon as we removed the lids of the containers, an odor struck us, which we enjoyed for good seconds. We were sure that what we had in front of us was good because we liked what we saw and how it smelled.

I also shivered because I instantly remembered the childhood and the martyrs of Wallachia that my great-grandmother used to make. And I ate Moldovan martyrs a few years ago somewhere in Moldova. I ate at least 5 servings, until I refused. Yes, housewife he managed to bring back those memories to me.

From what I understand, the martyrs she made are according to her own recipe. How honest they were, I'm honestly not surprised.

Will follow…

I understood that La Gospodina will be followed by some special Easter goodies. This can be a good idea for those who do not go to relatives and do not want to buy traditional packaged Easter dishes from supermarkets.

He already has a list of dishes that he will have for sale during Easter. I promise to come back with a full list article.

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