Svenska semlor

Aaah, yet another reason why I love Sweden: Not only do they have a waffle day, they also have an official day to eat a very special pastry called semla. It's basically a roll, filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Needless to say, it's super-delicious!

It's traditionally celebrated on Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday (which also sounds like something you would traditionally celebrate if you lived in Narnia...). This year, it's on the 4th of March, which is still almost three weeks away. Since I had a massive craving for these things this weekend, I decided to go all "Whatever, Shrove Tuesday..." on the world and make some. Lucky for everyone involved, it was ridiculously easy.

You need:
250ml water
a pinch of salt
50g butter
150g flour
4 eggs
500ml cream
almond paste (optional)

You simply put the water, the butter and the salt into a pot and bring it to a boil, then you stir in the flour with a wooden spoon and stir the shit out of it until the dough forms a ball and your arm gives out. Sten you stir the eggs - one by one - into the whole shabang (forget Pilates by the way, it doesn't get harder than that!).

Put small heaps of dough on a baking tin (use baking paper) and put it in the oven. 30 minutes at 225°C will do. Then you whip the cream, and when the pastries are done, you take them out and cut them open. Fill them with the almond paste and whipped cream. Aaand you're done. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

By the way, the German name for those things translates roughly as "windbags", which is an endless source of amusement to all of my foreign friends...

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