"Semlor" Sweden Local Custom Tip by marielexoteria

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Semlor are traditionally eaten every Tuesday during Lent. A semla is a sweet cardamom bun, filled with marzipan and whipped cream and with a "hat" (from the same bun) and some powder sugar on top. Originally these buns were eaten only on Fat Tuesday under Lent.

Most Swedes (and especially those coming from Norrland - northern Sweden) like eating their semla in a bowl or deep plate of warm milk, true to the traditional way of eating semlor....while I prefer eating it the same way I'd eat another pastry. I start by the "hat", putting as much cream as I can, then I eat the bun.

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  • Updated Aug 17, 2007
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