Today is a Shrove Tuesday and I would strongly recommend you do not miss an opportunity to try delicious semla buns. As maybe many of you have already noticed – in Sweden almost every holiday has its special food – most probably – a sort of buns. For the Shrove Tuesday it’s semla or fastlagsbulle.
There are several variations of semla in Scandinavia and Baltic countries. In Sweden semla consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off and insides scooped out, and is then filled with a mix of the scooped-out bread crumbs, milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top is dusted with powdered sugar. As you can see on my picture.
From the history – Fat Tuesday was the last opportunity for Christians to eat fat food before the Lent. However, after the Reformation – rules have changed. And nowadays semlas became a traditional dessert every Tuesday between Shrove Tuesday and Easter.
I’m ready to start my day with semla – and what about you?