A semla and a cup of coffee on the kitchen stairs.
I doubt most of You outside Scandinavia or the Baltic countries ever have eaten a Semla (I can even find a good name for it in english), but it also goes by other names like Hetvägg (that would be hot wall translated directly 🙂 ) or Faslagsbulle (that would be Lenten bun). The tradition varies a bit from where one grows up But we started to eat them on Shrove Tuesday until Easter arrived. This however has changed drastically now days and people are eating them mostly from Christmas till easter. Some eat them all year round though.
It’s a simple wheat bun (with cardamom) where they have cut off the top and dug a hole in to the bun. The hole is filled with almond paste (mixed with something to make it smooth) and on top of the paste there’s lots of whipped cream (preferable sweetened with some vanilla sugar. The top of the bun is then placed over the whipped cream and sprinkled with icing sugar. But the filling can be different if it is made outside Sweden, it can be filled with jam or vanilla pudding as well. We are rather traditional when it comes to this bun and they usually fail when they try something new 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’m not especially fond of it and eat perhaps one a year but I sacrificed myself just so that You would be able to see one of our most popular pastries, I had to buy two because they really don’t split a package just for me 🙂 I really don’t like whipped cream that much to be honest, but I do like the almond paste 🙂
The weather hasn’t been that grand as they said in the beginning of this week although it hasn’t been bad at all to be honest. Fog clouds has covered the sky and often the grounds every morning but the sun has broken through every afternoon. I haven’t been able to enjoy it that much anyway but I have been able to keep the kitchen door open in the afternoon and I’ve heard all birds singing their spring songs. I guess they’ll be surprised next week when the cold weather returns again. We will have sun most of the time though.
It’s time to make a pot of coffee now, I feel coffee is demanded on sunny spring winter days like this. The sun is finally breaking through and soon it will be warm enough to open the kitchen door again. I’ll be sitting on the stairs enjoying my coffee and Semla 🙂
Have a great day!