Today is Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) and for my family,
that means it's time to enjoy our annual Swedish semla buns.
But what is Shrove Tuesday really all about?
Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) in late February or Early March. Also known as Pancake Day, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, it celebrates the last day of feasting before the fasting period of Lent.
The association between pancakes and Shrove Tuesday has been said to be due to the fact that pancakes use many ingredients that are not eaten during the Lenten period - such as butter, eggs, fat etc. Making pancakes allowed the last of these ingredients to be used up whilst also allowing for a festive celebration.
Growing up with Swedish heritage, Shrove Tuesday was always celebrated with semla (or semlor) buns in our house. This traditional Swedish treat is traditionally eaten only on Shrove Tuesday as the last festive food before Lent.
We always look forward to making and eating this traditional Swedish treat each year!
Sure, the recipe is more complicated than pancakes - but after the first bite, you'll realise it was worth every second in the kitchen!
Set the Perfect Table
Why not invite some friends around for brunch and celebrate in style?!
Impress your guests by setting the perfect table by following my easy guide. Domestic goddess in the making!
Breakfast has never been so easy! We love pancakes at our place, and this recipe is a simple, basic pancake recipe that is easy to make and includes ingredients that you will most likely have on hand. Nawal and Neve love being able to whip up a batch on a Sunday morning!