Fettisdagen or Fat Tuesday is here! It’s the day before the Ash Wednesday fast and in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, it’s the day Swedes enjoy Semlor or Whip cream buns. Those little (or big treats) can be found at cafes all over the city. Similar to a Hamburger but instead of a beef patty, it’s a bunch of whip cream and almond paste in the centre of a cardamom bun. This treat can be quite filling.
There are different ways to eat this bun. You can take the top off and use it to scoop up the whip cream then bite it. I’ve also heard that you can soak it in milk before eating it.
Fork and knifing it or just pick it up to eat like a burger although I haven’t seen this one as the majority of Swedes I’ve seen still fork and knife their hamburgares (hamburger in Swedish)
There are few different Semlor or semla singular that I’ve noticed this year:
The Muffin Semla
The Muffin semlor are on the second to last level of the desserts above
More muffin semlor with different flavors – instead of whip cream it’s cream cheese.
Semlor with colored buns
7-Eleven in Sweden has an impressive baked goods selection compared with the 7-Elevens back home! With brownies, swedish cinnamon buns or Kanelbullor and even different chocolate cookies. They also offer a new Nuts semla.
But the Traditional semla of course is a soft cardamom bun dusted with a little powdered sugar.
Mini semlor are also available!
You can even get them at a grocery store! Dahl’s is a bakery that sells their semlor in various Hemköps around the city.
Happy eating and enjoy your semla or whatever huge meal or dessert you will eat on Fat Tuesday!
I cannot believe it’s our 4th year in Sweden. Here’s a look back at a previous Fat Tuesday blog