Semla Bullar på Fettisdagen

Semla Bullar! = A Swedish Fat Tuesday Classic.

Semla on Fat Tuesday is a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. It is a wheat-flour bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Yum? YES!

Semla fun facts:

  • The word semla derives from the Latin simila, which means fine wheat flour.
  • Records suggest semlor first became popular in Sweden in 1541.
  • Each Swede eats five semlor per year on average.
  • The unofficial record for the largest semla is 160 kilos. It was made in Linköping, about 200 km south of Stockholm, in February 2001.
  • King Adolf Fredrik died on February 12, 1771, after consuming a luxurious banquet rounded off with 14 servings of hetvägg, semla served in a bowl of warm milk.

 Check out this fun article on Semla, Fika, and Fettisdagen.

The Semla is taken so seriously around here some newspapers conduct taste tests and competitions regionally to find the best Semla around.  That is some legit pastry business!


Last year around this time I tried my first Semla at Fika at work for TRG. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I am a fan and Fat Tuesday will from here on out be simultaneuos with Semla for me. This year I sat in a local cafe and ended my day with a few teammates, coffee, and delicious Semla. We had a proper Swedish Fat Tuesday 🙂 I think I have a new Lent kick-off tradition!!


    • Thanks Jonas, come visit us in Linde and we can have a semla fika! Glad you guys made it back here alright. Hälsa till Paulina.

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