This year, Tuesday 5th March 2019 is Fettisdagen – Fat Day. Or Shrove Tuesday or pancake day if you are in the UK. Although the blog post title is not so true these days, as anytime from epiphany onwards is seen as an excuse to eat these delicious semlor bun treats. Who can blame the Swedish either when it is cold and dark outside? A little comfort food in the form of semlor buns can go a long way! So what is this Fettisdagen, and what are these delicious treats?
Forty seven days before Easter, Shrove Tuesday happens. In the UK this is a chance to gobble up some delicious pancakes with various fillings or toppings. However, here in Sweden it is named Fettisdagen (somewhat appropriately this loosely translates to “fat day”), and you gobble up semlor buns. As many as you can, although even with a sweet tooth I can somewhat pathetically only manage one!
Originally, in the past, you ate just the bun part of the semlor buns and dunked them in warm milk. That is called a hetvägg. Now, the cardamon flavoured bun has the top sliced off, it is filled with almond paste and cream, the top is balanced back on again, and finally it is dusted with powdered sugar. That is what today’s semlor buns consist of. This was first recorded in 1833.
Every year alternative twists are tried out along the same idea, but these are never truly accepted and the version of the semlor buns we see today (in my photos) always comes out on top and beats the competition. Have you ever tried semlor buns? If so what did you think? Let me know your thoughts on this lovely Swedish treat in the comments below 🙂