Shrove Tuesday and delicious semla

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.

Semla bun
Semla bun

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?

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