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.
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.