It’s Fat Tuesday on Tuesday 4th March 2014 – also known as Fettisdagen, fastelavn, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras.
On this day across Scandinavia we celebrate the start of Lent. The faste is not observed that often anymore, however, the tradition of stuffing ourselves with cream buns the day before Ash Wednesday still prevails.
In Sweden, these buns are known as Semlor (plural of the word ‘Semla’). They are yeast buns flavoured with cardamon, baked and then stuffed with marzipan and whipped cream.
Semlor are only served around this time of year. Once Lent is in full swing, the buns are not baked again until the following year – it really is a huge seasonal tradition and you should definitely make sure you get your hands on one of these buns before the season is over.
We bake and serve these at the cafe – however, it is not hard ot make your own. You can find the recipe right HERE.
WE WANT TO SEE YOUR BIG BUNS: Your own creations and variations. Send us a snapshot of your Fat Tuesday buns and we’ll post the pictures online – and we’ll pick a winner who gets Lunch for Two People at the cafe in London (if you live too far away, we’ll send you a voucher for the webshop instead).
Mail your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4th March 2014. Usual competition rules apply.
First entry – from Isabelle in Brighton who made her first ever batch of Semlor, having never tasted them before. Verdict: “Amazing – and my flatmate had 3 of them, I’m not sure how she managed!”.