In Sweden we are today celebrating, Fettisdagen, which translated literally means fat Tuesday. On the third Tuesday of February each year Swedish people feast on the whipped cream pastry on the picture, called a Semla. The bun is a cardamon-spiced wheat bun. The top of the bun is sliced of and the insides of the bun is removed and mixed with almond paste and some milk, then placed back into the bun. Topped with whip cream and top of the bun, then confectioners sugar is sifted over. The bun is then eaten either by itself with coffee or placed in a bowl of hot milk. The bun originally has a religious connotation but now a days these buns are eaten just because they are yummy. When I was younger Semlor could only be found in February, but now a days you can buy them pretty much all of the time between Christmas and Easter. I personally don’t like to eat them before Fettisdagen because I think it kind of negates the speciality of the bun. It might have something to do with the fact that I’m not really that fond of them which usually means that I just eat 1 or 2 buns a year, because I really don’t like almond paste or whip cream. I know other people who eat 20-30 buns a year. When I was a child my mom used to slice open the bun and remove the insides and fill it is vanilla ice cream instead of the almond paste and whip cream. My brother and I loved it 🙂
If you are interested, recipes of Semlor can be found here. Unfortunately the recipes are in Swedish, if you need help translating just let me know.
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