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Shrove Tuesday


Semla
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On Tuesday 6 weeks before Easter, Fettisdag (Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day in English) is celebrated in Sweden. During this day a special kind of Shrove Tuesday bun is eaten. The bun is called Semla and is made of wheat flour with a touch a cardamon. The bun is filled with whipped cream and marzipan (actually almond paste, made of sugar and grinded sweet almonds).
The Semla tradition remains from the days when Sweden was Catholic, before the 16th century. On the last day of Lent on Shrove Tuesday, the Semla was eaten. Nowadays we eat the buns all winter, they use to show up at the bakeries already at the end of December.
Here you can find a recipe for Semla in English, but I havn’t tried it myself. We were supposed to bake Semlor this weekend, but we didn’t have time so maybe we’ll bake some next weekend instead.

6 Responses to “Shrove Tuesday”

  1. Anne
    February 10th, 2005 09:27
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    Ooh, more semlor. I had a great one on Tuesday, from Ica Maxi. It was flavored with saffron, and had actual almond flakes. Mmm! And, oh, yeah. I tagged you. :)

    http://annesfood.blogspot.com/2005/02/time-for-some-music-in-my-kitchen.html

  2. rowena
    February 11th, 2005 09:28
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    Hi Dagmar!
    I found your link through Clement of alacuisine and popped over…I saw the Naan recipe in your previous post and am glad that you posted it. I’ve been wanting to try naan bread but never got around to it….I love your site! I love cats too and flavorful, etnic foods. I hope you post something for SHF!!!

  3. Zarah Maria
    February 11th, 2005 11:16
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    So THAT’S a semla! They look nice! Sorta like our “fastelavnsboller”… Let’s make a promise we try them next year, what do you say?:-)

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