Жирный вторник (Shrove Tuesday)
The semla was originally eaten only on Shrove Tuesday, as the last festive food before Lent. However, with the arrival of the Protestant Reformation, the Swedes stopped observing a strict fasting for Lent. The semla in its bowl of warm milk became a traditional dessert every Tuesday between Shrove Tuesday and Easter. Today, semlor are available in shops and bakeries every day from shortly after Christmas until Easter. Each Swede consumes on average four to five bakery-produced semlor each year, in addition to any that are homemade.
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden died of digestion problems on February 12, 1771 after consuming a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, which was topped off by fourteen helpings of hetvägg (semla), the king's favorite dessert.
As a tradition we started to eat semla already after Christmas. Me and my boyfriend are semla "fans" so we tried all good and famous bakeries in Uppsala and Stockholm. We have eating a lot so we gain some weights, ops. But we gonna start training and eat healthy after Shrove Tuesday (Fettisdagen)in swedish. Today is the last day we are enjoying this delicious semla. So already two days ago We've ordered four semlas from Ica's bakery for fettisdagen which is today. I understand now why semla was King Adolf Frederick's favorite dessert. We could literally eat semla every day, for breakfast and for lunch. Anyway, here is the best SEMLA in Uppsala and Stockholm goes to ICA's semla, even after we have tried the most expensive and most famous bakeries semla, still the ICA's semla taste so much better and you just want to eat more and more. If you are in Sweden don't forget to try this delicious dessert. Happy fettisdagen!