Photo: Flickr user Frugan.
Photo: Flickr user Frugan.

The name semla is said to derive from the Latin word semilia, which was the name used for the finest quality wheat flour or semolina.

Eating semla is a Swedish tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Keep the Swedish traditions alive! But don’t do as King Adolf Frederick of Sweden who died of digestion problems on 12 February 1771 after consuming a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, smoked herring and champagne, which was topped off by fourteen semlor, the king's favorite dessert. What’s so special with semla?

Semla is a cardamon-spiced bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream. The top is sliced off the bun, which is then filled with almond paste mixed with the crumbs from the process of scooping out the bun. The top of the bun is then placed over the whipped cream, and dusted with icing sugar.

The semla can be eaten 'as-is' or it can be dipped in warm milk. Swedes often drink coffee with semla in the context of the traditional 'fika', the point (or points!) during the day when everyday takes a break and some refreshment.

Where to eat semla?

Semlor are sold at various places around the campus. Check out our list of lunch venues here.