Fat Tuesday and Semlor
Fat Tuesday surprised me. I had no idea it was a holiday. I heard a friend was baking some semlor, but I thought he was just in the mood for baking. I had never tried one, it sounded like another typical Swedish godis. But no! It was because it was Fat Tuesday!
At first I thought my Swede was joking. What, a day to get fat?
“Why are you celebrating it?”
“Because it is Fat Tuesday.”
“What is Fat Tuesday?”
“The day you eat semlor.”
“Why do you eat semlor?”
“Because it is Fat Tuesday!”
Arg! This conversation could have gone on and on. I gave up. I ate a semla. It was good.
Luckily a fellow Swedish Freak explained in her blog post what Fat Tuesday was all about. It is that Christian holiday before Ash Wednesday. You know, the one Mardi Gras falls on? So that is why Swedes eat semlor on Fat Tuesday. Some left over Christian tradition, and a perfect excuse to eat semlor. Ok!
For those of you who want to make your own semlor at home, I stole my friend’s semlor recipe! Enjoy!