The day of the semla

Fettisdagen is the Swedish Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day/Mardi Gras, and the thing to eat today in Sweden is “semla” – a cardamom-spiced wheat bun which has its top cut off, and is then filled with a mix of milk and almond paste, topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid and is dusted with powdered sugar. It is often eaten on its own, with coffee or tea.

Are you having a semla today? Here’s me having mine last Saturday.


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