Semlor (Swedish Carnival pastry)

by Joakim, July 31, 2017

This pastry is traditionally available only in the first quarter of the year. Earlier, it was available only on Shrove Tuesday, called “Fat-Tuesday” in Sweden. It’s really delicious, getting its distinct taste from cardamom, almond paste and whipped cream. If you want to have it more often throughout the whole year, why not bake your own?!

Bun

500g (3.5 cups) flour
1 pkg dry yeast
100g (1/2 cup) sugar
200 ml (~3/4 cups) milk
1 egg
100g (~1 stick) butter
A bit of salt
1 Tbsp cardamom

First, we mix the dry ingredients (flour, yeast, sugar, salt and cardamom) in a bowl and then heat the milk and butter to ~37C (98F) degrees and add that to our flour mix together with the egg. Knead to a firm dough and let rise for 30 mins in a warm spot.

When the dough has risen, knead for a couple of minutes and then make 6 buns. Cover them and let them rise for another 30 mins.

Filling

200g (7oz) almond paste
A bit of milk
200g (7oz) whipping cream

Squish the almond paste and add some milk to create a creamier paste. Then whip the cream.

Garnish

1 egg
Powdered sugar

Set your oven to 225C (425F) and brush the buns with the one egg. Bake the buns for about 10 mins. When they are evenly brown, they are done.

Take the buns and cut off the top, so that you have little hats. Remove some of the inside of the buns and replace it with some almond paste. Add some whipped cream (make sure the bun isn’t hot) and put the top on again. Sprinkle some sugar on the bun and you’re all done.

I really hope that you will try this one out and that you will enjoy it. Please post a photo on social media so that I can see your creation.

Have fun!
Your Swede

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