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Sinning with semlor way before Lent

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You’ll probably be hearing more about this gooey pastry called semla in the next few weeks on various blogs here. Usually sold a few weeks leading up to Lent and mostly consumed on Fat Tuesday, semlor (plural) are designed to fatten you before fasting for 40 days. That didn’t stop my husband and I from digging into a couple semlor way before the season.

‘Tis The Season of Semlor in Sweden

Semlor - Food Photography by Lola AkinmadeEating semlor in VeteKatten - Food photography by Lola AkinmadeSemlor - Photography by Lola AkinmadeDuring the winter months of January through March, you’ll find these oval-shaped cardamon buns (called semlor) in bakeries and cafes all over the country.

Designed to “fatten you up” in preparation for 40 days/nights of fasting during the Christian holy observance of Lent, semlor are filled with thick almond paste and whipped cream.

You can read more about its history here, and can also head over to Vete-Katten on Kungsgatan 55 to sample their award-winning semlor.