Semla — the mighty Swedish Lenten bun

Semla — the mighty Swedish Lenten bun

The Swedish Lenten bun is mostly known as a semla — or semlor in plural. You may know it by its other, more sinister name: Kingslayer. “Fat Tuesday should be prohibited and the Lenten bun forcibly expelled from Sweden, as it has committed regicide”. At least that’s...
Saffron cake—not just for Saint Lucia’s day

Saffron cake—not just for Saint Lucia’s day

One of the favorite topics for rants in Sweden nowadays seems to be the Swedish postal system. Not without cause, but that kind of complaint is far from new. In 1918, a reader writes to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, complaining about thefts in the postal system. The...
Swedish saffron buns for St Lucy’s Day

Swedish saffron buns for St Lucy’s Day

What’s the best way to lure in new visitors? With saffron buns, of course. Or, lussekatter, as we often call them in Sweden. At least, that’s the trick that Skansen pulled when it wanted to establish its new Christmas market in 1906.  You see, the...
Quick and flavorful Swedish sour milk bread

Quick and flavorful Swedish sour milk bread

Whenever my siblings and I visited our mother’s parents, we’d hope for the heavenly scent of freshly baked russinbröd. A slice or two spread with butter turned into the an irresistible treat. This bread is more commonly known as filmjölksbröd or...
Delicious Swedish cinnamon buns

Delicious Swedish cinnamon buns

Is there any better feeling than — preferably in secret — nicking a cinnamon bun fresh off the oven? It is, without a doubt, one of life’s great pleasures. As soon as the first batch is out of the oven, the sneaky raids start. After all, it is a hopeless mission...