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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Semla

In old times a semla was simply a bun, eaten soaked in hot milk. Today the semla is a delicious small wheat flour bun, flavoured with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream.

This traditional Swedish pastry can be found in almost every Swedish bakery and cafe from January to March, but the real day to eat a semla is on "fettisdagen" (Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday), the last celebratory feast before the Christian fasting period of Lent.

Fettisdagen this year happens on the 4th of March and while in Sweden, why not taste a semla then?!

If you want to learn how to bake you own semla, follow this link.

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